When can you legally change the locks?
The simple answer to whether a party going through separation can change the locks on a property they are living in is usually \u201cyes\u201d. If there is no court order which affects that person’s right to occupy the property, then in most circumstances there is little prohibiting a party from changing the locks.
Can my ex change the locks?
If both your names are on the property’s title deeds, you both have a legal right to the home. Neither party can change the locks on the home without agreement on both sides. You both have the right to occupy the property and, even if your ex leaves voluntarily, the locks should not be changed.
Can I change the locks to keep my wife out?
Legally, can you change the locks to keep your spouse out of the house? Yes, you legally can change the locks. Of course, you’re still married, so your spouse has just as much of a right to be in the house (or apartment, or condo) as you do. This means your spouse can get a locksmith to pick the lock and get back in.