UK Family Law
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Playing on the heart strings.... "you've brought us up and must continue to do so"; "..we can't afford to live elsewhere.."; "...how can you even think about..." etc etc
Once they are 18, you no longer have to home them and you can, ifyou wish, give them reasonable notice (I would say probably a month is aminimum) to leave after which you will lock them out and put their belongingson the doorstep although beware of anything getting wet.
There is no human rights issue here because you were notinterfering with any human right to a home life. They can live where they like.Human rights cannot force anyone is not dependent on you.
Don't worry about the moral issues, I have a very very closefriend who did exactly the same with his son (against his wife's wishes I mightadd) who was a drug dealer and drug addict and after having the police round tohis very nice and respectable house on numerous occasions he finally came tothe end of his tether and literally told him to get out along with all hisbelongings. It did focus the sons mind, but not for some months.
If you do lock the children out, and you can change the locks, andthey try to break in, call the police because that is criminal damage.
They are now no more than guests in your house and you areentitled to do whatever you would do with guests to get rid of them.
It might be an idea to cut and paste this answer to show them.
If they feel differently, they should seek legal advice as indeedyou have done.
I think they are in for a bit of a shock.
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As an aside or rather, as an addition, my colleague Claire has kindly said "give them 28 days written notice all the little b------ers, can use an obscure provision of the Family Law Act and get back in"
it is always as well to give notice in writing in any event
Glad to help. I hope you get it sorted.
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