My ex husband''s solicitor has sent me a letter implying that as the property is still in joint names that my ex has right of passage into my home to search for certain items that he still thinks is here (albeit he left the FMH 4 years ago and the Consent Order has been drawn up weeks ago to sort out the ownership into my name) . Can he just turn up on the doorstep and demand entry - I am very worried about this as I do not think this seems right.
How do I stand legally?
Yes technically he does have rights. But after being away for 4 years, your right to privacy would greatly outweigh his right of access. If you have not done so yet, change the locks.
You can do it 2 ways. The friendly, mature and sensible way is to find his items, and arrange a time for collection. He doesn''t need to come in, you can just hand the items to him on the doorstap. Or drop them round to his place. Or meet in a neutral location such as a supermarket car park to hand them over.
Or you can take the hardline approach and tell him to take a hike. What''s he going to do? After an absence of 4 years, to gain access he would need a court order. I''m guessing the value of the items is less than the costs of obtaining a court order.