How do I respond to a motion to appoint a trustee to sell the property jointly owned with my ex-husband? The judgement of divorce stated "that if for any reason the property is not listed or said property does not sell within a reasonable time period, either party may file a motion to have a trustee appointed to sell the property". The motion was filed by my former husband, and I have to respond. I have a buyer for the home, and I need to know how to respond to the motion. Since I have a buyer, am I able to stop the sale of the home by the court-appointed trustee?