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The issue of who gets to stay in the property is not always easy. If the children are younger, that she may be able to postpone any division of property and the sale of the house until they are a little older. I would assume for a marriage of 13 years the children are still relatively young. If they are unable to agree on the property, and who stays there, then after an appropriate period of time the property will be sold. The net proceeds will then be divided equally, as with all other property. He will need to think about an arrangement for the children, whether he wants to have joint parenting with equal time and this may affect what happens with the property. But answering your specific question, there is no particular advantage in who has left. The property will be divided equally however the marriage ended. The issue of whether it is postponed is based on the best interests of the children, and not on what the parties want