Hampton, VA asked in Divorce, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia

Q: How long do I store my wife's items in my home before I can remove them? Left 16 months ago. Divorce not final yet.

I ask my wife to leave and she left March 4, 2020 and I ask her to take her clothes and belongings with her when she left. I have repeatedly ask her to get her belongings but she has refused. On May 2, 2021, I have her until May 31, 2021 to remove her belongings but she has refused to do so. I filed for divorce but it hasn't been finalized yet. I'd like to rent a room in my house to a visiting health care professional but I can't because she still has her belongings in my home. She told me in a text message on May 24, 2021, to remove the items from the house if I wanted to. When can I remove her belongings? I'm sending her a certified letter letting her know that I will be donating her items to a charity and I will give her the receipt for the things donated. What can I do legally?

1 Lawyer Answer
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: I regret that I do not handle domestic relations and/or divorce law matters. Sorry.

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