We are in the middle of getting divorced and one of our decisions is for one of us to keep the house. I am trying to figure out all the costs involved in that, but I need more information.
Is it true that in order to remove one spouse from the loan, we would be required to refinance? As is this type of refinance the same as a normal refi, with all the same fees and closing costs?
Also, we currently have a lot of credit card debt (partially from legal fees) at high interest rates. If we are forced to refinance, I am considering making it a Cash-Out Refinance and using the extra cash to pay off our higher interest credit cards, but I don't know if this type of refi has different fees. I would also like to know how to find out how much extra cash we would be able to get.
Another option is to get a home equity line of credit if that has much less fees than the cash-out refi...however, I don't know if that makes sense if we are already required to refinance in order to remove one of us from the mortgage. Again, I don't know how to figure out how much line of credit we can get. I have looked at calculators online and I enter our home value and our current loan balance but I don't know which LTV percent to enter.
Our home's value is about $255,000 and we currently owe $190,000.