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Need help selling the family home?

Let Divorce is Simple and FERN Real Estate Group help you navigate the oftentimes complicated process of selling your home during a divorce. Our team offers caring support, reliable information, and fully comprehensive real estate services to ensure that both you and your family's needs are met in this difficult time period. With our assistance, we can ease some of the stress by preparing homes for sale, helping find new places to live with suitable financing available - all while being there as an understanding partner throughout it all.

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FERN Real Estate Group understands the complex and emotionally challenging process of divorce and that selling your family home during this difficult time can be overwhelming. Founding partners Stacey Winn and Gina Alviano offer an unmatched level of service not typically seen in the Real Estate industry. The team holds a Certified Negotiation Expert designation as well as an Accredited Seniors Agent designation, providing a heightened level of understanding for unique situations. You can rest assured that FERN will work tirelessly to achieve successful results for you as they lead with empathy and compassion. When you partner with FERN, you can trust that your needs and boundaries will be respected every step of the way.


FERN's effective marketing plan is designed to showcase your home's unique features and help it stand out in any market. Home preparation and staging are an integral part of their service offering as well as a top-shelf multimedia package featuring professional photography, videography, and 3D floor plans. This ensures that your home is presented in the best light possible to potential buyers both online and in person. And with the right pricing strategy, FERN aims to sell your family home for the most amount of money, in the least amount of time.


We know that selling your family home during a divorce can be a challenging experience. That's why Stacey and Gina are committed to making the process as stress-free as possible. With open and honest communication, transparency, and patience, FERN is dedicated to providing you with a seamless experience that will help you move forward with confidence

eSelling The Matrimonial Home

Selling The Matrimonial Home

Separation is one of the hardest, life changing experiences you and your family can go through. To add fuel to the fire in a lot of cases the family home needs to be sold.  This can be gut-wrenching. At Divorce is Simple our real estate team is there to treat you with kid gloves and help you every step of the way with care and deep emotional understanding of what your needs are at this difficult time. Under the Family Law Act, the full value of a matrimonial home must be shared upon separation. This forms an exception to the normal rule that applies to the division of other matrimonial property, i.e. that on separation each spouse is entitled to deduct the marriage-date value of any property he or she brought into the marriage.

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Considerations Prior to Selling the Home

1.  Where will you go?

2.  What will be the cost to you of maintaining the expenses relating to the home?

3.  What steps do you have to take to get the home ready for sale? Are there any major or minor repairs needed on the home?

4.  What will be costs of selling the home? Lawyer’s cost? Real Estate Commissions? Mortgage Penalties?

5.  How will selling the home affect your children?

6.  How will the proceeds of the sale of the home be divided?

7.  Are there debts, joint or otherwise, that need to be cleared from the proceeds of the sale, prior to distribution?

8.  Are there any deductions that have to be made from one party’s share of the proceeds of the sale of the home for expenses paid by the other spouse after the date of separation?

9.  Do you have an agreement with your spouse regarding custody, access, child support, spousal support and division of your property?

10. Will the proceeds of sale of the matrimonial home have to be held by the real estate lawyer because you and your spouse do not have an agreement regarding the division of your property?

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The Matrimonial Home


If a spouse brings a home with them into the marriage and that home becomes the family residence, then the law deems it to be the matrimonial home, even though that spouse held title and was the home’s registered owner prior to marriage.

Legally, if you and your spouse both own the property and are named on the mortgage, you will both continue to remain jointly liable for meeting any mortgage repayments, even if you choose to leave the family home. Similarly, you are obliged to meet the payments of any household bills in your name.

Once a home is designated a matrimonial home, both spouses are equally entitled to possession of it upon separation. Once the spouses separate, neither of them can legally exclude the other from the matrimonial home, no matter who owned the home prior to marriage. The matrimonial home has special “protected” status under Ontario law. As such, there are certain things that spouses can and cannot do.


Most notably, one spouse is not allowed to unilaterally do any of the following, without the other spouse’s consent:

• Lock the other spouse out of the matrimonial home;

• Sell the home;

• Mortgage or re-mortgage the home.

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Can a cottage be considered a Matrimonial Home

The definition of “matrimonial home” is generally defined by Ontario Family Law Act as being any property “ordinarily occupied” by the spouses and their family on the separation date. This can include any type of housing including condominiums and mobile homes; in some cases, the definition will even extend to cover a frequently used second-home, most often a family cottage.

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What are my options?


The family home may be the most valuable asset that parties own. As such, decisions relating to the home may be emotionally difficult. There are really three options available to you and your spouse regarding the home:

1.  You can buy out your spouses’ share in the home and remain in the home;

2.  Your spouse can buy out your share of the home and he/she can stay in the home;

3.  You and your spouse can put the home up for sale and divide the equity in the home.

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Common Law Couples

  • Common-law couples do not have statutory property rights in Ontario.

  • A common-law spouse does not automatically have the right to stay in the family residence if it is not in his/her name.

  • If one common-law spouse owns the home, he/she can sell or mortgage it without the other’s spouse’s permission.

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Uncontested Divorce in Ontario

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What Our Clients Say

To have Gina and Stacey who we have the privilege of calling friends, be part of this process and our journey was truly amazing. Gina and Stacey both put their hearts into the sale of our home, knowing the adventure we are embarking on as a family. At the end of the day, any Realtor can sell your home or help you buy a new one, but if you want thoughtfulness these two women will have your families best interest at heart, you can’t go wrong. What a FERN represents is everything Gina and Stacey stand for, how do you say no to such incredibleness!

- Trevor A.

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