Thank you Clare. the house is on the market for £135,000. The mortgage came out of my bank account. He gave me £80 a week and I paid everything else, all the bills and the costs of our three children. This sum of money was fixed and he never paid anything else. Following our divorce he still lived here for a couple of years. When he left he never paid anything or child maintenance.
I would guess that I have spent around £40 000 on house improvements - a conservatory, new windows , replacing guttering and garage roof.
When the house was paid for I did give him half the endowment which was £7500.
By the time he left the mortgage would have been paid. Without the improvements to the house I think the property would be worth about £100000 - £120000. The house next door to me has recently sold for approx. £120000. That does not have a conservatory and is also still leasehold. I paid £500 about 25 years ago to buy the freehold .I also paid £2000 to have the drive block paved and £2000 for the garage repairs.
There was no court order and I have never remarried and am single.