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Will divorce force you to sell your farm?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Property Division |

Divorce is a challenging process, especially when it comes to dividing assets and property. For farmers, the stakes can be even higher, as their livelihoods are often tied directly to their land.

When facing divorce, you might understandably wonder if the process will force you to sell your farm.

Division of assets

Illinois property distribution law states that assets acquired by either spouse during the marriage are subject to division. This can include property, savings, investments and more. In the case of a farm, the land itself is often the most significant asset. When determining how to divide assets, courts consider various factors, including the value of the property and each spouse’s contributions to its upkeep and improvement.

Keeping the farm

Many farmers hope to keep their farms intact, even in the event of a divorce. One option is for one spouse to buy out the other’s share of the property. This may involve refinancing the farm or using other assets to compensate for the value of the land. However, this option may not be feasible for all couples, especially if the farm’s value exceeds other assets owned by the spouses.


In some cases, divorcing couples may choose to continue co-owning the farm after the divorce. This arrangement requires a high level of cooperation and communication between ex-spouses, as they will still need to make joint decisions regarding the property. While co-ownership can allow both parties to maintain their connection to the farm, it may not be practical or desirable for everyone.

Sale of the farm

If neither spouse can afford to buy out the other’s share of the farm, or if they cannot agree on a co-ownership arrangement, selling the property may be the only viable option. While this can be a difficult decision, especially for those deeply attached to their land, it may provide the most equitable solution for both parties.

Divorce does not necessarily mean that you must sell your farm. By carefully considering your options and being open to compromise, you can work toward a solution that allows you to protect your livelihood and move forward with your life.