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New study says divorce can help women retire well

The party line on how women should negotiate the end of a marriage may change in light of recent research. It has long been held that women shouldn't try to keep the family home during a divorce, but a recent study found that real estate serves as a great asset as a woman enters retirement. While every Texas woman has a unique set of needs when it comes to divorce negotiations, focusing on the family home may not be a bad strategy after all. 

Timing is essential in how to approach real estate in divorce. There's no debate that keeping the house requires a great deal of effort and investment to handle repairs, monthly expenses and general upkeep. If a woman cannot be sure she can shoulder that financial burden for at least five years following her divorce, then it may be better to let the house go for a greater share of other assets. 

For those women who can hang on to the house for five years or more, having that asset can really come in handy when preparing for divorce. The equity that is built up in the home can be tapped into fund retirement. The home could be sold outright to facilitate a downsizing, or lines of credit can be taken out against the equity. 

When weighing the pros and cons of various settlement options, it's important to have the guidance of a trusted legal advisor. That individual can answer questions as they arise, and provide insight into the timing and process required to end the marriage. When it comes to a Texas divorce, there's no such thing as being too informed. 

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