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IF the parties are not able or willing to take out a loan to buy out the other party then either the parties would have to reach some other agreement, or the property will need to be sold so that the proceeds can then be apportioned appropriately.
If the parties are joint owners of the property, or the person in occupation of the property refuses to vacate or otherwise cooperate with selling the property then the party wishing to force the sale will need a court order to force the other parties cooperation. If this is your situation, I would strongly recommend engaging a family lawyer to negotiate or if necessary bring the matter before the family court.
The reality is that if there are insufficient assets to allow one party ownership of the house in total, the court will usually order the property be sold so that both parties can receive their fair share of the asset pool. That said, there are some exceptional circumstances where the court will allow a party to remain in occupation for a considerable period before forcing the sale, such as where there are children of the relationship, so it is sometimes the case that the non custodial parent will not receive their share of the home until the children are grown up. Each case turns on its particular facts, however, so only a fully briefed lawyer can give you firm advice as to whether this is a risk for you.
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