Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

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Latest post 09-07-2010 1:23 PM by Drew. 4 replies.
  • 09-07-2010 10:29 AM

    • kg4u2
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    Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

    My STBX believes he can change the locks on our jointly owned home.  His name and my name are both on the mortgage and taxes for this house.  He is in the process of refinancing, however I believe as long as my name is jointly on the mortgage he may not change the locks on the property.  Is my understanding correct?

    Thank you,

     

  • 09-07-2010 10:33 AM In reply to

    Re: Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

    Layman:

    He CAN change the locks.  However, he cannot stop you from entering the property; even if you have to break in.  I would recommend if you return to the property to remove personal or marital belongings, you use a police escort. 

  • 09-07-2010 10:50 AM In reply to

    Re: Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

    He can change the locks.  If you still live there, you can change them back.

    My ex wife and I went through this.  She changed the locks.  I was still living there, so I changed them again.  She called the police.  There was nothing they could do.

    Be careful though.  This is likely going to lead to more problems where police will arrive and he/she will claim you hit them or something.  Been there, done that.

  • 09-07-2010 11:19 AM In reply to

    Re: Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

    Are you still living there?  IAre you married?

  • 09-07-2010 1:23 PM In reply to

    • Drew
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    Re: Changing the locks on jointly owned property?

    Caution WI is a community property state but if the home was separate prioerty prior to marriage and he kept it that way it might not be jointly owned property --odds are it is--but details can matter.



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