The Matrimonial Home is given special status in Family Law (unlike investment properties –
even if they are jointly owned). Neither party can be forced to leave the Matrimonial Home
however there are circumstances where it is advisable that the parties do not live together
during separation and divorce It is advisable to seek the advice of a lawyer.
There is an urban myth that if a party leaves the Matrimonial Home he or she loses all rights
to the property – this is simply not true. Neither party loses their rights or their interest in the
matrimonial home whether they live there or not.
Unfortunately some parties take the position that they are free to change the locks on the
Matrimonial Home in order to prevent their spouse from returning – this is incorrect.
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