Washington, DC asked in Divorce for District of Columbia

Q: If my left the house and we been separated for 7 months. But she is on the deed only why can't I change the locks.?

And if I changed the locks already what will happen next.

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A: If she is on the deed, you can't change the locks because she is still an owner. However, if she was gone for 7 months and you have not heard from her or she moved out of the area, then arguably she abandoned the home. In which case, you likely would not face any consequences for changing the locks.

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