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is the house for sale or has it been sold, or is your ex simply wanting money as they are no longer there?
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So your ex cannot just demand money simply because they own part of the house, neither can they force you to sell the property or move out. Obviously they have a legal financial interest in the house and will want to be compensated for this however, they cannot simply ask you to pay up. What you will have to do is come to a legal financial settlement agreement which will outline how all of your assets will be divided (if you have other joint assets). He may try and apply for what is called a "forced sale order" which is when a court legal forces you to sell the property however, given that you stay there with three children, I would highly doubt the court would give this any weight. If you cannot come to any agreement via mediation then you will want to look at going to the court to settle the matter. I would strongly advise getting a solicitor ( I will provide you with a useful link) so that they will advise you on what your ex would be legally entitled to so that you can make an informed decision and agreement. However, to answer you question, your ex partner cannot just demand that you give them money because they have an interest in the house. This needs to be done by correct process and set out as a legal agreement.
You need to have a financial settlement in place prior to a divorce being granted but this is what I am recommending. You can still go through the divorce procedure as you are doing this.
Thank you I wish you all the best with this moving forward. You will be able to find a local solicitor who deals with family law using the link I provided. All the best and stay safe.