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In looking over your information, as Pennsylvania is what is known as an Equitable Division state, meaning a fair division of marital property, I believe that you do have an equitable interest in the proceeds of the house. There is no requirement that your name be on the deed to invoke this right. If you were together as long as you were and particularly given that you paid the bills, that I will understand included the mortgage, I believe that you have an interest in the home. I would be a bit hesitant to say you would be entitled to 50% (understand that you could be but would not guarantee it), but I believe that 30% is absolutely under the information you have provided a very fair and equitable offer.
The question is where do you go next? Is the child support and alimony paid pursuant to an order or just an agreement between the two of you? Also, I believe that the next thing would be to tell her that you need some of the proceeds and if not you may have to take further steps. There are not court options such as mediation, but I believe you have to make the decision as to whether you pursue this or walk away - and if you walk away, I think you will be leaving money to which you are entitled on the table.
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