• Michelle Hernandez, CDRE

Case study: Marie held Rick hostage

Rick had moved out of the family home months earlier, but was still struggling to maintain payments, so his two children and his soon to be ex wife Marie, could stay until the house was sold. To try to make ends meet, he moved into a small 2 bedroom apartment.

When the kids came to visit, his daughter slept on a blow-up mattress and his son shared his bed, and the kids didn't like that. In fact, they sometimes refused to go to see him because they couldn't have their own bedrooms. And that suited Marie. She hoped that the situation would make it easier for her to gain full custody of the kids.

She also wanted to save money, knowing that once she moved out of the house she'd have to pay her own rent. That would necessarily mean living in a lesser home and a less desirable neighborhood, so she did all she could to stall the sales process.

Meanwhile, the house payments were putting a strain on Rick and he was in jeopardy of missing them. Being late on the mortgage would impact their credit and make it much more difficult for either of them to buy or rent another house.

Fortunately, the attorneys recommended hiring a Certified Divorce Real Estate Expert. Through skilled communication and an ability to navigate the legal process, their agent was able to seek the courts assistance in getting the paperwork signed and gaining Marie's cooperation before it was too late.

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