If you and your ex opt for a clean break and sell your home, each of you can typically exclude up to $250,000 in home sale profits if youre filing as a single. Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

Some divorcing homeowners end up with unanticipated tax bills when they sell their home. Find out how you can avoid being one of them.

If youre getting divorced, your home may be the biggest asset youll have to divide with your soon-to-be ex. As you decide whether to sell it and split the proceeds or let one spouse live there until the last kid launches, remember theres often a third party involved in your home sale transaction: Uncle Sam.

Keeping, selling, or continuing to share your home can each create different federal tax tabs for you and your ex-spouse. Heres a look at the tax consequences for six of the most common situations divorcing couples face.

1.  One of you stays in the house until the kids grow up; then you sell it.  READ MORE