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Changing the locks on the family home following separation
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Joanne Raisbeck Legal Director and Head of the Family Team
Hill Dickinson LLP
Can I lock my spouse out of the house? This is a common question often raised by clients in the initial stages of separation. It is important for clients to understand what they can and can’t do before they decide to take steps that they may later regret.
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There are actually very few circumstances where a partner can be forced to leave their home and they will usually have a right to stay in (or return to) the family home if they are married in a civil partnership a co-owner or named on a tenancy agreement.
Furthermore where a property is owned in joint names both owners have an equal right to access. This...
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