Can my wife lock me out of my own house?

If you come home to find that your key no longer fits, it can be an awful shock. You may be at a loss about what you can do when your spouse changes the locks, but we can help. This article will tell you whether or not it’s legal for your spouse to lock you out, what you can do about getting access to your home, and what steps you can take going forward to protect yourself through the divorce or separation process.

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What Is a Divorce?

Divorce is the permanent legal end of a marriage. During a divorce, a court decides how the couple’s property shall be divided. Additionally, any child related issues, including support and visitation, are also decided. The end result is a public court document that officially ends the marriage and leaves both spouses to move on with their lives or remarry, if desired. A simple divorce can take between 60 and 90 days from filing. A complicated divorce can take years.

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The Divorce Process: From Separation to Final Judgment

The divorce process may begin with separation, and filing and serving the divorce petition. The next step is often a hearing to set temporary orders, where child custody, child support, and spousal support issues are set. Read on for information about the process of divorce from petition to marital settlement agreement, to final divorce order.

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