Thanks for the reply,
They are on long term fostercare.
The childern were only with us 8 months before our split and my wife has kept them on.
I have been told that I must provide a home for them (for 12 years) the house will be sold and my share will go as a charge on the new house that she will buy.
Do you know where I can get any information on my legal standing?
When splitting assets the priority is the welfare of \"children of the family.\" Children of the family means children who lived with the divorcing couple as though they were family and includes natural children of the relationship, step children (PR or not!) and adopted children but not foster children.
Although you may not be legally responsible for housing these children, I would just note that you clearly participated in a process to commit as a long term carer for them. I can appreciate things change but I wonder if there are ways you could manage the change in circumstances to support your wife in sustaining the childrens placement if she is willing to do so. There may be a negotiable position if you discuss it with the responsible authority. She will receive allowances for the children which may open up financial options.
If you are willing to explore, the best thing for the children is that their stability is protected, undoubtedly they have experienced many losses including you. To minimise further losses has to be considered if it can be managed.