I bought my house 7 years before getting married and I have the warranty deed. We were married for 11 years. She was Baker acted on 8/21 and then again 9/12/11 and Doctors would not allow her to move back to the house since she had already tried to commit suicide there twice and was Baker acted a month earlier. She has not lived here for since then, ( 7 months) She no longer has mail coming to the house since I have had it forwarded to her other residence (her parents). Divorce papers are in the works but have yet to be filed with the courts. Can I legally change the lock on the house at this point? If not, then why? The house and contents are mine other than her personal belongings and she is basically using the house as a storage unit for her things. Anything I can do about changing the locks?
US law varies from state to state, but I don''t believe there is any law preventing you change the locks however if your spouse is named on the deeds unless there is some order denying them access they may be able to force entry and change the lock as-well.