Getting a mortgage after divorce
January 09, 2018
Divorce and mortgages
There is always a lot to consider when going through a divorce, and deciding what’s best to do with your home can be tricky. If you’re worried about how your divorce might impact your home and mortgage, don’t fear! There are options available to help with getting a mortgage after divorce and here’s what you can do:
If the mortgage on your home is in your partner’s name only, you may be able to make a claim for a share of its value, if you can prove that you have paid towards the mortgage and/or improvements to the property – make sure you get professional advice from a solicitor if you need to go down this route!
Sorting out a joint mortgage
If you and your partner have a joint mortgage, there are several things you can do with your home when you separate:
- Sell your home: the money raised can be put towards buying a new home for each of you, if you can afford to do this.
- Apply for a single mortgage: one of you can take on the mortgage and remortgage the property to buy the other out.
- Transfer ownership: If you have children, you can transfer part of the property’s equity to your partner. When the property is sold, you will then receive a percentage of its value.
Getting a mortgage on your own
When applying for a single mortgage, you will need to demonstrate to mortgage lenders that you can afford the mortgage by yourself, and keep up your monthly repayments, which we can help you with!
If you have children, be sure to check whether you’re eligible for any additional benefits, as these payments can be used to support your mortgage application.
Help buying a home
If you can’t afford to take over your existing mortgage by yourself, there are options available to help you get back on the property ladder:
- Help to Buy: A government scheme that aims to help people who are struggling to buy a home. There are two options, Shared Ownership and Equity Loan:
- Shared Ownership allows you to buy a share (between 25% and 75%) of a new or existing property
- An Equity Loan enables you to borrow up to 20% towards the purchase cost of a new home, so you will only need a 5% deposit and a 75% mortgage.
- Guarantor mortgages: A parent or close family member can guarantee either a percentage of, or the entire mortgage debt. However, as they will be liable for any missed repayments, they will need to either:
- Prove that they can cover both yours and their own mortgage
- Have the majority of their mortgage paid off
- Have a number of years left in employment ahead of them.
- Family Springboard mortgages: Allows a family member to provide 10% of the purchase price as security. If you keep up your repayments, they will get all their money back with interest.
Specialist divorcee mortgages
As professional mortgage advisors we aim to make the process of getting a mortgage after divorce as easy as possible. Our mortgage separation advice will help you discover what your options are and find the right divorcee mortgage deal for your needs.
If you decide that a single mortgage is the right decision for you, we will also handle your entire application, removing the stress and hassle form you.