Thank you for your enquiry and your patience.
Your ex really cannot force you to sell the property. You do not have to agree to selling it if you do not think this would be in the best interest of the children and yourself. The truth is he is entitled to an interest in the property, it being the matrimonial home. What you may therefore opt to do is to remortgage the property in your name only and arrange to pay him his interest in the property.
I know this is sometimes difficult, or, you may be faced with the challenge of the mortgage company not being willing to agreeing to you taking out the mortgage only in your name. The alternative proposal in these circumstance is to ask the court to order for him to have his interest deferred to a particular date. So, for example you may ask for the court to order that you are allowed to stay in the property until the children reaches the age of 16 or 18 at which the property should be sold for you to pay his interest or if, you are able to remortgage at that stage you be given the opportunity to do so. The court is often willing to make orders such as these if you are able to persuade it that to rule otherwise would affect the children negatively. For example, you could say it would force you to relocate, it would disrupt their lives, it would cause them to have to move away from friends and families which would further affect them at a time when they are struggling with the separation. These types of orders are not unusual.
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