New Zealand Law
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Once the marriage has come to an end, then the Family Court will encourage sale of the home as it is not regarded as a good principle to leave issues between the parties open over a longer period of time. You can, if you are able to, make an offer to buy him out. But if that is not possible then it is inevitable that the property will be sold.
The only time sale is postponed is where there is domestic violence or where the needs of the children require this. In those cases it can be put off for a few years, but not lengthy periods.