York, PA asked in Divorce and Family Law for Pennsylvania

Q: In Pennsylvania, can you lock your husband out of the house for a night?

I am in a toxic situation. I'm dealing with mental abuse. I don't have the money to obtain an attorney to file for divorce. I need a night of peace and for him to calm down.

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Karen  Ulmer
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  • Langhorne, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Until a court order is entered, the home belongs to both of you. If you lock him out, he is within his legal right to gain access. If you lock him out it may only elevate the mental abuse. If you can stay with a friend or family for a night that may be less confrontational. If he does anything to threaten you physically, you can file a protection from abuse and a court can evict him.

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