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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
Was there a financial agreement within the divorce proceedings which were sealed by the Court?
No, this house was bought together after we divorced (1996). We've had the house since 2011. There was a financial arrangement after our divorce but it did not involve this house in Wales.
How much is the house worth and how much is outstanding on the mortgage - and what was the purpose of the purchase?
the house is worth around £59-£60k, there is no mortgage, we purchased outright. The purpose of the purchase was in remembrance of our son who died in 2011 - we thought it would be okay but ,unfortunately, the difficulties with my ex still continue.
there is no declaration of trust, i have looked it up already so is court action the best option now?
You are correct - indeed it is your only option
You will need to write a formal letter asking him to agree to a sale.
If he ignores or refuses the request you can then apply to the court for an Order for Sale - which will be granted - and for costs.
You can read more here
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Okay, thanks - do you have any idea of how much this Order might cost and who will pay - will this come out of his share?
That will depend if you instruct a solicitor or do it yourself.
If you do it yourself it will cost less than £500
Either way you can ask the court to order him to pay your costs