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Is it illegal in Utah for a husband to change the locks on

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Is it illegal in Utah for a husband to change the locks on the doors to prevent his estranged wife from getting in to remove her clothing and personal items?
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 year ago
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Family Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

Has there been any sort of agreement between the spouses regarding exclusive possession of the marital home during the separation?

Has the wife moved out to her own residence?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There has been no agreement.
She does not have her own residence separate from their home. She did leave a week ago to go to a safer place.
In the meantime, her husband changed the locks so she cannot go in to retrieve her clothing and personal items.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
The safer place was to be a one-week hiatus from their house, to give them time to assess their situation.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Loren, are you there, or do you have a reply?
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Family Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 1 year ago

Thank you for the additional information. Sorry for the delay. I had to step away to go into a meeting.

No, it is illegal for a spouse to bar the other spouse from the marital home, absent an agreement or court order stating otherwise.

The wife can go to the police and they should help her re enter the marital home.

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