I was very acrimoniously divorced 12 years ago and my ex was awarded a proportion of the value of the family home once the youngest child finished education. That should happen next May. He''s already sent messages via the children that he plans ''to take the house from me'' (he''s not in desperate need, having always earned substantially more than me and since the divorce has bought another property, remarried to someone who owns a property and inherited 3 properties). I have been made redundant 3 times in just over 5 years and although currently in permanent work would not be able to raise enough money to buy him out/will have difficulty raising much of a mortgage on a new property. Enough with the violins,I won''t be destitute, but I am sure I will be getting a solicitors letter as soon as the uni year ends - how long would be considered reasonable to take to sell up?
Do you have to sell, is there no way you could raise the cash, if not then yes you will have to sell, you will have to put it up for sale as per the order, and at a reasonable sale price, the only way he could "hurry it up" would be to make an application to court, that said the property market is slow so the court wont expect any miracle sale, its a wait and see game.
This is the problem with Mesher orders...!! Any other readers considering one, take note!
If there''s no way to keep it and selling is the only option, then it''s actually quite easy to stall this kind of thing. Yes you would need to actually get valuations, put it on the market and at least look as though you''re making the effort to sell. But if you count the threads on here that say "my ex has been stalling for sale for 6 months!" etc then you''ll see it''s quite possible to take that long or more. Just don''t make much effort above the minimum, and don''t accept offers below the sale price. Eventually you may have to actually go through with it (especially if enforcement action is likely) but you can certainly stall for a good while like this. Just tell your ex (or his solicitor) enough to keep the dogs at bay.