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Dear Attorneys,

My wife wants an appraisal on our house. Our divorce was only just filed, and I don’t know if I want to sell the house. Do I have to cooperate?


Appraisal Apprehensive

Dear Mr. Apprehensive,

We generally advise clients that if they agree on the value of the marital residence, then an appraisal is unnecessary. However, if the two of you do not agree on the value of the house, or if you don’t know whether or not you want to sell the house, then yes, you should cooperate. That said, you are not required to cooperate. It is just easier to decide to jointly hire an appraiser and equally divide the fee, rather than you each retaining your own appraiser and each paying your own fee. If you are unsure of the best way to proceed in your matter, you should speak with your attorney and see what he or she advises.

Remember, you don’t have to navigate this challenging situation alone. Seek support from experienced professionals who can guide you through the legal process and help you make informed decisions. Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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