My verbally and physically abusive dad put a GPS tracker on my moms car two months ago without her knowledge. She’s been trying to get a divorce and will soon serve him the papers. 1. Is it legal to put a tracker on a spouse’s car without their consent?

2. He can get very verbally abusive. Is it okay to call the police if he becomes
verbally abusive? Could they take him out of the house? He may or may not have
weapons on him. He will sometimes pin her down or put her in a corner and start
yelling at her.

Asked on September 5, 2016 under Family Law, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If it is also his car (e.g. he is also on title), this would be legal, because someone may track his own property, even if it is used by another. If it solely titled in her name, then this may not be legal, and after speaking to her own attorney in detail, she may wish to consider a police report.

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