Can I Change the Locks?
“Can I change the locks?” is in the top 5 of divorce questions.
Yes. You can change the locks if it’s your house. If you are purchasing the home, or leasing or renting the abode, apartment, condo or camping trailer you can change the locks. But, there’s more…
What if he changes the locks on me? You can let yourself in if it’s your house. If you are purchasing the home, or leasing or renting the abode, apartment, condo or camping trailer you can let yourself in.
What does ‘let yourself in‘ mean? Exactly as it sounds. If you have a copy of the deed or lease agreement a locksmith will let you in, for a fee, or you can break the window and let yourself in.
You cannot break into your own house.* (*Unless there is a Court Order awarding one party exclusive use, or if it is NOT your house.)
So, I can change the locks, but it may not keep him out? Correct.
How do I keep him out? Get a Court Order.
Matthew Thompson is a divorce attorney in Mississippi and knows a great locksmith.
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I changed the locks.. Probably not the best idea from a legal standpoint. But it made me feel better-like I was standing up for myself!