Okay, now we’ve come to one of the more difficult parts of the process – selling the family home. Not that the mechanics of the sale are anything out of the ordinary – this is something realtors do every day of the week. What’s difficult is the “letting go” part of the sale, your willingness to bite the bullet, so to speak, and say goodbye to whatever memories may be contained within those walls. Seeing the door jamb with pencil marks showing the kids’ growth, or looking at the hallway where little Bobby took his first steps may be difficult, but you have to keep in mind that, like it or not, a divorce settlement is essentially a business deal, and in business, tough decisions will occasionally need to be made.
Of course, the sentiment is not the only emotion that comes into play during a divorce – vindictiveness can also rear its ugly head. This is where your desire to triumph must be weighed against common sense and finances. In the case of either sentimentality or vindictiveness, inflexibility on your part could result in your being saddled with a dwelling you can no longer afford.