When it is necessary for divorcing couples to sell community real property, a Real Estate Special Commissioner is often engaged. Either party can request a Special Commissioner through their legal counsel or the court. Additionally the parties can simply agree upon and stipulate a specific court appointed, Special Commissioner. Often divorce cases are adversarial and neither party trusts the other or there could be a conflict of interest if one party is friends with and has greater access to the real estate agent. Perhaps one party doesn’t want to sell the property or doesn’t want to put another dime into the property and has decided to make the sale as difficult as possible; a Special Commissioner has court appointed authority to handle those issues.