1) once preliminary decree of partition is passed by court and commissioner appointed the property would be divided by metes and bounds on basis of commissioner report 2) if property is incapable of being divided by metes and bounds or it appears to court that sale is more beneficial court may direct property to be sold and proceeds divided equally between the parties 3) under section . 2 and 3 of the Partition Act, the various stages in the Proceedings would be as follows : 1. In a suit, for partition if, it appears to the Court that for the reasons stated in s. 2 a division of the property cannot reasonably and conveniently be made and that a sale of property would be more beneficial it can direct sale. Ibis can be done, however, only on the request of the shareholders interested individually or collectively to the extent of one moiety or upwards. (2) When a request is made under s. 2 to the court to direct a sale any other shareholder can apply under s. 3 for leave to buy at a valuation the share of the other party asking for a sale. (3) The court has to order valuation of the share of the party asking for sale. (4) After the valuation has been made the court has to, offer to sell the share of the party asking for sale to the shareholders applying for leave to buy under s. 3. (5) If two or more shareholders, severally apply for leave to buy the court is bound to order a sale of the share or shares to the shareholder who offers to pay the highest price above the valuation made by the court. (6) If no shareholder is willing to buy such share or shares at the price so ascertained the application Linder s. 3 shall be dismissed, the applicant being liable to pay all the costs.