Does my husband have the right to withhold my personal belongings from me if I leave before I can move my them?

My husband has threatened to change locks and withhold personal belongings such as furniture and other household items from me. He has as

threatened to release my pets outdoors.

Asked on April 4, 2017 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Please, please, please go and see an attorney and strike first, so to speak.  But THE most important thing here is keeping yourself safe.  Find a suitable shelter for you and the pets and go.  In order to legally change the locks he has to be granted exclusive of the house by either a court order or agreement but he doesn't sound like the type of person who cares about this. Make yourself safe and seek legal help.  Do not challenge him on your own.  Good luck. 


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