My wife left me and the children a week ago and has said she does not want the house. I have 2 children 17 and 14 living with me. She did say that if i ever did sell the house she would like some sort of payment. Can i get anything legally written up stating that the house is now mine and that if i did sell i would have to pay here x amount on the sale. I don''t want a verbal agreemnet between me and my x as i don''t want the worry of here coming back years down the line demanding i sell up so she can have half the house.
Yes you can and should get this written up formally as part of the divorce proceedings. It is called a Consent Order. This particular type of consent order (the spouse who left is paid at a later date when the house is sold etc) is called a Mesher order.
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Part of the divorce process is the Concent Order that defines what happens to the finances, usually this is done between the Nisi and Absolute, but can be done after that.
It is usually best to get everything settled, the kind of arrangement she describes is a Mesher Order.
A verbal agreement, or even to the same extent a written agreement isn''t binding until you''ve got it signed off in a Concent Order, until that is done you are open to claim. You should really get this sorted out sooner rather than later.