I was wondering if anyone can help my wife and i are about to seperate its all very friendly at the moment but im sure that will all change once i am gone, if i move out what are my rights to the home like can she change the locks, can i still have free acsess etc. we have a little girl of 11yrs and have come to an agreement over maintenance any advice will be greatfully accepted
Well, you mention separation. I don''t know if this is a shorthand way of saying you''re divorcing - but it actually can make a difference.
It makes a difference because, on a divorce, the Court has wide powers to redistribute income and assets - whereas if you are merely separating, its powers are much more limited.
So maybe you can answer that first and basic question for me.
You may find it helpful to look at a paper I prepared some time ago to help people in the same sort of situation as you are now.
To answer your question, if you leave the family home, your wife can change the locks. It does not sound as though there would be too much of a practical problem in removing your own personal effects and furniture etc, but you could almost certainly enforce access for these purposes should you need to. And there''s the question of access to see your daughter, which is a practical details you need to resolve.
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