The property is worth around 85000 - 90000.
The roof was 3750, the windows was 5600, the central heating 2200, the loft floored and boxed 1500, kitchen and Bathroom refit 2300.
The morgage was taken out in 1985 for 15000 They separated in 1989 so the morgage was only 4 years old when they seperated. Both he and my partner contributed toward the morgage for the first 4 years and then my partner paid it for the duration, until it was paid off in 2012
We are not sure if there is a financial order and I have applied for copies of statements from the Woolwich, and copies of all the paper work from the divorce. He did pay child maintenance of 7.50 per child until they reached the age of 17 there were 3 children.
I did see a solicitor and he did say her ex husbands name is XXXXX XXXXX the deeds and he was entitled to claim half the value of the house however his share would decrease because of the circumstances ie the expenses we have spent on the house, the fact he has waited all this time and that he waited for the house to be paid off etc, My partner has struggled all her working life to hold onto the house and if she knew this was coming she would have let it go instead of struggling.
If this ends up in court we do not have the money to pay solicitors and I really wanted to know if it would be possible for me to speak on my partners behalf, she was medically retired and is just not up to this. If the magistrate ruled in her ex husbands favour and awarded him anything more than 10000 we would be forced to sell the house. This just doesn't seem right. I would have expected the solicitors/courts who dealt with the divorce to have been more clear as to every ones position and if he was going to claim half the house 25 years later surely he should have been contributing to the morgage?