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Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.
I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. Is the house in joint names or only your name? Are the children now all adults?
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
If the house is in joint names then she is indeed entitled to 50%, unless there is a deed of trust specifying different shares that was made when it was purchased.
Depending on who paid the mortgage the split may be different, but that would be for the two of you to agree or for a court to decide.
Your first task is to write a letter before action stating that you wish to sell and give a deadline for her to respond and let her know if she fails to respind you will go to court for an order for sale and it is very likely she will have to pay your costs of doing so. You may wish to instruct a solicitor to write this letter for you.
She may be entitled to more - as I said, that would be for a court to decide if you cannot agree.