Very often people own real property with one or more other people. If the joint owners of real property disagree on how to dispose of the jointly owned property, a partition action is available to any titled owner.
The theory behind a partition action is that one person cannot be compelled to own property jointly with another if they do not wish to do so.
If possible, the property will be partitioned into smaller lots giving each joint owner his or her own lot. If that is not possible, the property will be sold. Any party who does not wish to sell the property is usually given the option to buy out the individuals who do not wish to keep the status quo.