Hammonton, NJ asked in Family Law and Divorce for New Jersey

Q: I want to move out of marital home. The utilities are in my name. Can I transfer them to my new residence?

We rent. The rental is in my husband's name. All utilities are in my name.

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Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
  • Short Hills, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I'm guessing that you are looking to move out of the rental without your husband and you want to know if you can transfer the utilities from the current rental to your new rental so that your husband will have to put in place new utilities for the current rental.

If you want to keep things simple, sit down with your husband and tell him that you are moving out on XXXX and as part of moving out, you are transferring the utilities to your new rental and that he needs to put in place a new utility contract and give him the contact information for the utility providers so that it's handled without disruption.

And, not surprisingly, I suggest that you sit down with a family law attorney to review your rights and obligations owed to your spouse in a divorce setting before discussing the utilities / moving out.

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