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Thank you very much for your patience. So the courts will in most cases start on a 50/50 basis with you sharing the equity in the house 50/50 and the parents agreeing on who will be the parent to live with the children and contact/access for the parent that is moving out and also on who will pay maintenance for the children. Often whoever remains in the house would normally stay with the children and spouses agree to sell the house but only when the youngest of the children turns 18. Alternatively the remaining spouse can offer to buy out the other. If there is a spouse that will suffer significantly financially due to the divorce perhaps because the other provided for the financial needs, they could apply for spousal maintenance until such stage as they get into another relationship or remarry. If you have bought the house together and contributed jointly to improvements I do not see why there would be a proportion far from the 50/50 share. Do not forget that there may also be pensions and life insurances and savings which will all be taken into account. So all these finance issues have to be considered in readiness for filing for divorce.
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