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I'm Peter Hudson. I am a licensed real estate agent and REALTOR® in the State of Arizona and I have the special designation as Real Estate Collaboration Specialist - Divorce (RCS-D). This designation means I have specialized training with divorce situations in real estate transactions.
I specialize in helping and representing couples who plan to divorce avoid expensive and long-lasting mistakes with their family home with compassionate explanations of all possibilities with the marital home.
Although my information will help anyone who is planning to divorce, my information will be particularly helpful to those who are preparing an uncontested divorce (as much as possible - I know, I've been there!) and who are at least being amicable in the decision.
Remember, Arizona is a Community Property State. You can read more about this at this link: Community Property State Explained
Look around and if I can answer any real estate related questions for you please reach out.
Arizona Is a Community Property State
This verbiage is taken directly from the Superior Court of Arizona Website
Arizona is referred to as a community property state because of the way our state laws treat the property and debts of a married couple.
Community property means generally that a wife and husband (spouse and spouse) equally share ownership of anything purchased, acquired, or paid for during the marriage no matter who uses the property, who paid the money or in whose name title is taken. Neither spouse has a greater claim to community property than the other.
Community property is not just land or buildings. It includes all kinds of things like money (all forms–cash, bank accounts, investment accounts and certificates of deposit), jewelry, home furnishings, automobiles, boats, stock options, and the wages or earnings of either spouse during the marriage.
Even retirement plans can be part of the community estate.
Except for things that one spouse or the other receives by gift or inheritance, all property that either spouse receives during the marriage generally is considered to be community property unless proven otherwise.
It is important to determine and value what community property, including debts, the spouses have acquired during the marriage because in a dissolution case the court is required by law to divide community property in a fair (not necessarily equal) way.
If the spouses do not make each other and the court aware of what community property exists, the final court order may not include necessary terms that show exactly what property each spouse should receive when the marriage ends.
If a retirement plan or pension is involved, the court may have to sign a special order (a “Qualified Domestic Relations Order”) so the company that keeps the retirement monies or handles the pension knows when and how to divide the account or plan payments.
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What I Do:
I specialize in helping couples who plan to divorce avoid making expensive and long-lasting mistakes with their marital home.
Although my information can help anyone who plans to divorce, it is best suited for those who are not contesting the divorce (too much) and are as amicable as possible.
How Do I Do This?
I do this by helping people completely understand all of their options with the marital home including keeping the home, selling the home, and explaining why house due diligence, updated credit reports, and title searches can be beneficial.
I explain to our clients how their decisions with respect to the home can impact their quality of life for many years to come.
I explain to our clients how they need to prevent credit damage and preserve their ability to buy a home in the future.
With the information I can provide, divorcing couples can make better decisions and perhaps avoid making expensive and long-lasting mistakes.
I can also introduce the couple to other professionals, such as mortgage counselors and title search professionals.
For Attorneys and Mediators - How I Can Assist Your Clients Make the Best Decisions for Them?
In my real estate business, I explain to our client's many details about their joint home purchase and what they should consider regarding the family home before filing for divorce, during the divorce, and their life after the divorce (and how it relates to the marital home.)
The couples who can benefit the most from my services are those who are considering an uncontested divorce and/or who are willing to discuss these matters as amicably as possible.
If the couple has the attitude that they are going to take the other one for all they have we are not a good match.
I Do Not Take Sides
I'm often asked by clients who are heading for divorce 'whose side are you on?' They are usually surprised to hear that I'm on the side of both. I want the couple to make the best choices for both, and make the best decisions for their futures because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know, I have been there!
Why Do I Do This?
I do this in the interest of helping my clients protect their credit ratings and to preserve their future homeownership capabilities.
If the couple decides to sell the marital home I hope that the information I shared has been helpful and they will consider me for the listing of the house.
Less Than 1%
Less than 1% of all real estate agents have the Real Estate Collaboration Specialist - Divorce (RCS-D) designation. Agents without this designation could just be guessing how to advise you through this difficult time, we'll give you the facts that only professionals with our specialized training can provide.