I bought a house in 2002 for £115,000.00, I paid a deposit of £39,000.00 from the sale of a previous home. I bought it run down as I didn't want to loose all my equity should the interest rates change drastically.
Over the years I alone paid tens of thousands investing in doing the place up, probably 90% was DIY which I also did alone, whilst also supporting my partner through education and everyday items like phones, laptops and cars (nothing fancy, just something to get by). In 2010 my first son was born and in 2014 my second one arrived on Christmas day. I have paid for everything single highhandedly, I've never requested or expected any financial input form my partner, I couldn't tell you why but she didn't work much or have much money so it never entered my head to do so.
More recently we moved into what I thought was our forever home out in the country slightly, my kids moved schools and my eldest has just started secondary school. We received a letter the other day to say he'd been identified as a gifted student and good things were ahead of him.
When we moved I told my partner we were all in and I made it a 50/50 partnership putting the whole of my equity from the previous house which had accrued through my toil and dedication on the new house, now 5 months down the line she has left me and our whole lives are in turmoil. I want to stay in this house and keep my kids safe and settled as they've already made some wonderful friends and it is a great community here but to buy her out would be £150,000.00.
It's a total long shot I know but if you I don't try I'll never know.