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As you own the property as tenants in common, that is the first step to being able to force a sale.
However, the process does take a long time and no guarantee the court will agree.
There is an alternative to forcing a sale. You can agree to your ex buying you out but you specify a deadline. Or you can reach an agreement that the house goes straight on the market now.
You could as you have children, stay in the property. You could ask for court for an occupation order. This could well be granted especially as you have children It could be granted until they leave school.
You would of course need to sort the mortgage payments still, but could remain in the family home and give stability to the children whilst at school.
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