Hi, Have been through a legal separation for 25 years and am seeking divorce now, there are no children involved as the youngest one is now 26. I bought a property in country Victoria in 1999 so the kids had stability as they grew up. I worked in Melbourne on rotating shifts and rented properties. I paid off the mortgage on the country property, bought everything that was needed for the house including a car for the spouse. I paid for her registration, insurance maintenance of the house, rates and house insurance etc. She never contributed to anything.. The children moved out as soon as they could and lived with me in Melbourne, as life was very difficult for them due to the spouse's mental health issues, has been confirmed with bipolar manic depression, etc. I have stored a lot of my property such as paintings, tools, etc., which I have inherited from my mother. It is extremely hard to retrieve it as I have been told that if I enter the property she will harm herself, call the police and tell them I became violent (I have never been in trouble with the law in any way and don't have a record). Now I would like to sell that property and would like to know if she has a legal claim on it. I do not object to her having half of the proceeds. Also to retrieve my goods from the house, should I bring an impartial witness or ask a policeman to accompany me. What would be the procedure? Final question, even though we have been legally separated for 25 years, could she refuse to consent to the divorce? And if she does refuse to consent, will I need a solicitor?