Thank you for your response to my questions.
In Ohio abandonment requires a showing that the husband and wife have, without interruption for one year, lived separate and apart without cohabitation
. So legally he does not yet meet the definition of abandonment.
Although he no longer lives at the family home, because he is on title he has the right to access the property and you may be in legal trouble if you change the locks and deny him entry. The only way to deny him entry would be to file for a restraining order
if there was domestic violence or a fear for safety of yourself and the children. Since there has been no such history, you won't qualify for the restraining order.
Another way to deny him access to the family home would be by asking the court in a petition for divorce or separation that he be denied access to the property, unfortunately for a non-fault petition it would require the showing of the one year separation.
Only if he agrees to you changing the lock in writing will you be able to lock him out otherwise he has rights to enter the property he owns with you.
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