Divorce, a life event encountered by thousands of Americans annually, entails a complex web of logistical decisions. One pivotal aspect often revolves around the marital home—typically, one party wishes to retain it. This aspiration is attainable, yet requires the individual retaining the home to remove their ex-spouse from the mortgage loan, a process achievable solely through refinancing.
At Atlantic Mortgage & Finance Corp, refinancing is a regular practice. However, refinancing in the context of divorce bears its unique set of nuances. Essentially, you’re presented with three options:
- Refinance Prior to Divorce Filing (Easiest)
- Refinance Amid Separation (More Complex)
- Refinance Post-Divorce Finalization (Most Complex)
Embark on your refinancing journey with Atlantic Mortgage & Finance Corp, your companion in navigating divorce refinancing.
When is the Ideal Time to Refinance During Divorce?
Option 1: Refinance Before Divorce Filing (Easiest)
Initiating the refinancing procedure before formalizing the divorce is the most straightforward route. During your interaction with the mortgage lender regarding refinancing, your marital status becomes a focal point. By refinancing while married, the removal of a spouse from the mortgage loan simplifies. Post-divorce, a Quitclaim deed is requisite to exclude your spouse from the title, yet the refinancing aspect would be resolved. Conversely, a prior divorce filing complicates the process.
Option 2: Refinance During Separation (More Complex)
Post-divorce filing, you must declare your separation to the mortgage lender. Unlike the prior option, a written agreement delineating the financial responsibilities of each party is imperative before proceeding. This phase transpires amidst the divorce proceedings and is seldom swift. Until the formalization of this agreement, lenders remain at bay, uncertain of your monthly financial commitments. Although possible, securing this agreement before the divorce finalization extends the timeline before refinancing actualization.
Option 3: Refinance After Divorce Finalization (Most Complex)
The final alternative emerges post-divorce conclusion. Commonly, one party assumes the responsibility of alimony, maintenance, or child support payments. Lenders perceive these payments as monthly financial commitments, akin to car payments, affecting your debt-to-income (DTI) ratio and subsequently, your refinancing options. The intricacy amplifies if the recipient of alimony or child support opts to utilize these funds to retain the home. This scenario is acceptable, However, a six-month verification period may be required to confirm the consistent receipt of alimony or child support before lenders consider this as qualifying income.
Which Refinancing Option Suits Me?
Ideally, refinancing before divorce filing is advisable. Yet, circumstances may render this impractical. Irrespective of your divorce stage, Atlantic Mortgage & Finance Corp stands ready to fulfill your refinancing requirements. Our team extends meticulous step-by-step guidance through the entire home refinancing process, endeavoring to identify the optimum solution for your home, family, and financial standing. Connect with us today for an in-depth consultation.