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Ex having access to family home.

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16 Sep 12 #356221 by crimsonlake
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My ex moved out a year ago and we have two teenage children. The divorce has yet to be finalised and he still pays the mortgage. He has retained keys to the property and lets himself in with the boys when I am not in , staying for a significant period of time. Today I discovered he let himself in when no-one was home.Whenever I challenge him about this he says he has every right to do so, and he could move back in tomorrow if he wanted to. I feel this is an invasion of my privacy apart from anything ele, is he allowed to do this ?

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16 Sep 12 #356226 by rubytuesday
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His right of access to the property must be balanced against your right to a private life- the house is no longer his home, and he should have no reason to be there, (presumably, he has taken all his personal belongings from the house by now?) particularly when you are not. Him paying the mortgage does not mean he can just enter as and when he feels like it.

I would change the locks - or if your front and back door have the same make of lock (which is often the case), just swap the barrels over.

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16 Sep 12 #356228 by crimsonlake
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Thanks.However I have been told that as he pays the mortgage I cant change locks, also I am sure he would simply make a copy of our sons keys so I dont think that would solve my problem to be honest. He believes that its his family home still and told son today that he can come back tomorrow if he wanted as its still his house , which infuriates me.

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