Changing the locks?


#1

Yes, she can change the locks at any time she chooses and she would be within her rights to do so. Additionally, since you left the marital residence, your wife can ask you not to return to the residence. If you come back after that (or even refuse to leave after she asks you to) you could be arrested for Domestic Criminal Trespass.

I suggest that you retain an attorney and have a proper Separation Agreement prepared immediately.

Robin F. Verhoeven
Attorney at Law
Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
NCdivorce.com
(919)787-6668

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#2

I have been separated for 5 months and am paying all the bills for my wife, who lives in the marital residence. I still have keys to the house and enter anytime I want. There is no history of any kind of abuse. Can she change the locks without some kind of court order?? We do not have a written separation agreement yet. Thanks for your help.