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You have indicated that you and your boyfriend own property as joint tenants with the right of survivorship in Virginia and you want to know how to get him removed from the home and title because he is abusive. If you are in danger and there is the threat of imminent harm by your boyfriend, you may want to go to the magistrate's office and take out a protective order against him under Virginia Code (§ 19.2-152.10). The magistrate may impose a temporary protective order removing him from the home and then you will have a hearing in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court to see if the judge will issue a permanent protective order, which will be good for up to 2 years. To have him removed from the deed, you may want to ask him to voluntarily sign a Quit Claim Deed to remove his name from the deed or you may petition the court to divide the property or order its sale. You will need to hire an experienced attorney who handles real estate matters in your area to proceed with the division of the property, as these matters can be very complex. Here is the link to the Virginia Lawyer Referral Service. They can put you in contact with an attorney in your area. I hope this helps.
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