Statutory power of sale is provided by s.24A which provides that;
'Where the court makes under Section 23 or 24 of this Act a secured periodical payments order, an order for the payments order, an order for the payment of a lump sum or a property adjustment order, then, on making that order or at any time thereafter, the court may make a further order for the sale of such property as may be specified in the order, being property in which or in the proceeds of sale of which either or both of the parties to the marriage has or have a beneficial interest, either in possession or reversion'.
An order for a lump sum, property adjustment or secured provision takes effect only on decree absolute, so no order could be made under this section to take effect before that time.
The order could therefore require the sale of a property owned by the respondent, and the payment of a lump sum from the proceeds of sale with the balance to be paid to the respondent, or the sale of a jointly owned former matrimonial home, with a requirement that one of the parties to the marriage and his or her cohabitant be entitled to bid/
What the order cannot do is require payments to third parties such as creditors who have no connection with the property or the sale thereof; it would be proper to include an order for payment of estate agent charges but not for payment of estate agent s charges.
Source: Ancillary relief and Financial orders Handbook