Chocowinity, NC asked in Divorce and Family Law for North Carolina

Q: My husband and I are separating and the house we rent is on a month-to-month lease in both of our names. My husband has

rented another house in just his name and I want to sign our current lease in my name. Does he have any rights to the rental because we are married i.e his family comes on property and I don't want them there, or he comes on property and I don't want him there.

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Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
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A: If the lease is put in just your name, you would control who can and can not come on to the property. Also, in a separation situation and under certain circumstances North Carolina's Domestic Criminal Trespass law may apply to yur spouse. Here is the statute: § 14-134.3. Domestic criminal trespass.

(a) Any person who enters after being forbidden to do so or remains after being ordered to leave by the lawful occupant, upon the premises occupied by a present or former spouse or by a person with whom the person charged has lived as if married, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if the complainant and the person charged are living apart; provided, however, that no person shall be guilty if said person enters upon the premises pursuant to a judicial order or written separation agreement which gives the person the right to enter upon said premises for the purpose of visiting with minor children. Evidence that the parties are living apart shall include but is not necessarily limited to:

(1) A judicial order of separation;

(2) A court order directing the person charged to stay away from the premises occupied by the complainant;

(3) An agreement, whether verbal or written, between the complainant and the person charged that they shall live separate and apart, and such parties are in fact living separate and apart; or

(4) Separate places of residence for the complainant and the person charged.

Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, upon conviction, said person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(b) A person convicted of a violation of this section is guilty of a Class G felony if the person is trespassing upon property operated as a safe house or haven for victims of domestic violence and the person is armed with a deadly weapon at the time of the offense.

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