Atlanta, GA asked in Divorce for Georgia

Q: Is it possible to keep the house in a Georgia divorce if my spouse wants to sell?

I’ve been married 20 yrs. Both worked full time with 2 kids. He makes approx $60k more per yr than I do. He has a car through his employer so has no payment, insurance, gas or maintenance. He also has a free mobile & home internet. He travels 100+ days a yr to luxury destinations on co cc. I stay home & support the kids. He has a little more in retirement accs than I do. He’s cheated multiple times, and I’m done. All I want is the house so my kids can stay in school district. If we sell, we’ll both be priced out of the mkt. Our home value went from $500k to $700k last yr. We owe approx $360k. I don’t care about the money, I only want what’s right for the kids. He wants his cake & to eat it too with little regard to the disruption of their lives. Do I stand a chance of a judge awarding me the house if he refuses? I understand the equity issue but I have nothing to give him. He’ll walk away with less bills, several $100k in his pocket and no conscience. How is this equitable division?

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V. Joy Edwards
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V. Joy Edwards
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  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I'm so sorry to hear that. It sounds like you have done all you can to maintain stability for your children and that is being threatened. It is likely that you can make an argument to keep the HOUSE but it is highly unlikely that the Court will let you keep all the equity. You should consult with an attorney to explore all avenues to ensure you get the best result for your children.

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: The short answer - it's possible. As the other attorney noted, you may not get to keep all of the equity. If there are other assets that can offset the equity, that might help. You should contact and attorney immediately to have a consultation so you can discuss your options.

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