What is Divorce Mortgage Planning?

Divorce Mortgage Planning is a holistic approach to the process of evaluating mortgage options in the context of the overall financial objectives as they relate to divorcing situations.

The CDLP™ (Certified Divorce Lending Professional) works directly with the professional divorce team such as the attorney, financial adviser, mediator, etc., to help integrate the mortgage selected into the overall long and short-term financial and investment goals, to help minimize taxes, to minimize interest expense, and maximize cash flow.

When mortgage financing is needed as part of the divorce settlement, working with a Certified Divorce Lending Professional, can make the process smoother and provide more successful outcomes for the divorcing homeowners. Understanding the various phases of divorce mortgage planning is key.

There are 4 phases to the CDLPs model for divorce mortgage planning. 

  1. Vetting the House which entails an examination of ownership; property taxes; various valuation methods, etc. There are many aspects to vetting the house. Whether it’s the property ownership, tax status, the value, and equity available. We need to take a deep dive into the details of the property because not only are these details important to the settlement process, the details of the real property itself may actually determine what type of mortgage financing is available or not available and these details have nothing to do with credit scores and income sources.
  2. Qualifying Income. The CDLP™ will work with the divorcing clients and the divorce team to analyze the various income sources which may consist of employment, support income, or no income, and how we can work together to create qualifying income through financial and tax planning when needed. This phase can become frustrating to the divorcing client when they have sufficient cash flow each month; however, not every source of the cash flow may be considered qualifying income.
  3. Consumer Debt Analysis can be yet another strategic move during the divorce process when mortgage financing will be necessary. The CDLP™ can help evaluate how the marital or individual debt is assigned in an effort to strategically position the divorcing spouses to be in a stronger position to obtain better mortgage financing terms.
  4. Home Equity Solutions. The mission of the CDLP™ and the Divorce Lending Association is to help divorcing homeowners make more informed decisions regarding their home equity solutions and mortgage financing opportunities during and after the divorce.


Do you have questions about how divorce may impact your ability to obtain mortgage financing? A Certified Divorce Lending Professional’s (CDLP™) knowledge and experience can help make the transition much smoother and successful for all parties involved.

The CDLP™ brings tremendous value to the divorce team during the settlement process. Their background knowledge of family law, financial and tax planning, real property, and mortgage financing allows them to better support and assist the divorce team and divorcing homeowners.

Working with a Certified Divorce Lending Professional (CDLP™) and incorporating Divorce Mortgage Planning into the divorce settlement may help both spouses obtain new mortgage financing post-divorce.

Contact a CDLP™ today for a copy of the Divorcing your Mortgage Homeowner Workbook, a guide to credit, real estate, and mortgage financing after divorce. This workbook will help you get organized, be prepared, and understand your mortgage financing position whether you are needing to refinance the marital home in an Equity Buy-Out situation or prepare to sell and purchase a new home post-divorce.

If you need home financing or have any questions about the lending process, please visit our website and contact us today for more information.

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