Posted on 7 March 2011 by carla
Separated from my partner in October. He is living in the house which we jointly own. My 3 children and I are in a private let. The house is on the market to sell. But he wants to keep it and says he only has to pay me half the equity. Is this right. House valued at £90,000 mortgage outstanding is £73,000 we both lived in house for 5 years. He says all I am entitled to is £5,000. Is he right?
If you were to sell the house how much would you receive? £90,000 less the mortgage leaves £17,000. Half of this is £8,500. There would be estate agent & legal fees to pay which could quite easily reduce the amount to £5,000. However, you are keeping the children with you and maybe an allowance should be made for this?
I am not a legal expert and you should take professional independent legal advice before agreeing to anything.
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