Q: How do I remove an abusive partner from my home?
We have lived together for the last 3 years. We have 2 children together. I am the sole homeowner and work full-time. She works part-time and refuses to leave because she can't afford to live on her own. She is extremely abusive to myself and our children. I have insisted that she needs to leave but she remains defiant. I do not want to involve law enforcement but she is making all our lives miserable. Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
A: It depends upon whether she can legally be classified as a tenant. If so, you go through the hoops to terminate her tenancy and evict if necessary. If not a tenant (likely given your brief description), then you have to file to eject her from the house. Eviction and ejection share similar goals - get the person out, with the help of the Sheriff if necessary. But how you get there legally is quite different. Neither are do-it-yourself projects. Review everything with a local landlord-tenant attorney. Good luck!
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