Even the most harmonious families face difficulties in co-ownership of a cottage. If any of you have co-owned a boat you know what I'm talking about. Our family was pretty typical..still is actually. Throw some in-laws and children, grandchildren, etc. into the mix and eventually the family grows beyond the number of beds in even the largest of cottages. The schedule that was worked out was done to offer "exclusive" use for a 4 week period each summer and provided a first come first served opportunity out of season. A cottage account was created, all costs and other various fees, needs etc. was drawn from that account and while one family member managed the calendar and notices, another managed the account. For the most part, it worked. It always requires some degree of compromise but for many years, everyone could plan ahead, use and enjoy the cottage during "their" time and share the costs of ownership. Generally it's the money that becomes an issue. One member of the group won't pay their share. This was never a problem. Agreeing on improvement projects was an issue and that was the direct result of little to no communication. We all knew when we could come and go, how much money to send and beyond that.. a short e-mail from time to time was it.
When it was made clear that David wanted to own the cottage ALONE, with no communication or discussion possible, partition became the only option. Partition is a nasty thing. By law, no one can be forced to OWN property. If someone wants out they can file for partition. In this case, David filed because he didn't want anyone else to own the cottage. The rules of partition are scary. Beware!!!