Fayetteville, NC asked in Divorce for North Carolina

Q: Is it legal in NC to change vehicle locks to keep the co-owner from having access to it?

We are not married but my boyfriend and I have split up. His truck is in both of our names as Co-owners. He says he is going to change the locks so that I cannot take the truck anywhere.

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Amanda Bowden Johnson
Amanda Bowden Johnson
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A: If he wants to waste a hundred bucks or more - let him. Of course, you can simply take him to court and likely force him to give you access since you are a co-owner. However, likely the best option is for him to buy you out and you sign over your interest in the truck to him. If you opt to do that do not sign it over until you have the cash in your hand. Best of luck.

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