What Happens to a Florida Homestead Protection Upon Divorce?

The answer is that the spouse who finds a new residence no longer has the protection of their interest in the homestead against that spouse’s individual creditors.

The moved spouse can no longer claim the property as primary residence and the divorce has terminated tenants by entireties protection otherwise available for all real estate, homestead or not homestead, owned jointly by married couples.

The spouse who remains resident in the homestead still has homestead protection for their 50% interest in the equity. The fact that the property is now owned as tenants in common has no effect on homestead protection.

Severance of TBE Property

Typically, homestead property is owned jointly by husband and wife as tenants by entireties. Upon divorce, the tenants by entireties is broken and the homestead is owned by husband and wife as tenants in common.

Jon Alper

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