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I assume that your ex-husband has not remarried. If you hold your house as joint tenants then his share in it would pass automatically to you upon his death, all you need to is to produce a copy of the death certificate to the Land Registry and they will register the property in your sole name but before you do you will also need to speak to your mortgage company who will have to satisfy themselves that you can maintain the mortgage on your own.
If you own your property with your husband as tenants in common then it will pass according to his Will. If he has no WIll then his estate (including his interest in the house) will pass according to the intestacy rules which means that it would pass to his children.
If you do not know whether you hold your interests as tenants in common or joint tenants then I can tell you how to check.
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Download a copy of the register for the title to your property by entering your details and paying a £4.00 fee at the Land Registry:-http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/wps/portal/Property_Search
Look at the propreitorship register of the title you have downloaded from the Land Registry (where the proprietors of the property are listed). If the following entry is immediately below the named registered proprietors then the interests are held as tenants in common:-" No disposition by a sole propreitor of the registered estate (except a trust corporation) under which capital money arises is to be registered unless authorised by an order of the Court"If there is no such entry then the proprty is held as joint tenants.If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. It will be gratefully received and you will be free to ask follow up questions.Kind regards,Tom