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My husband left home without contacting me and the kids for

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My husband left home without contacting me and the kids for 5 days.He has suddenly turned up at night.I don't want to let him in because it's not his first time .Can the police force me to allow him back
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

The police will not be interested but he is entitled to gain access.

If you do not let him in then he is entitled to change the locks and sue you for the cost. He can't be excluded because you do not want him there I'm afraid.

You can go though. Nobody can prevent you doing so.

Sorry if that is bad news.

Can I clarify anything for you?

Jo

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Well he left without contact and I am worried about his behaviour around the kids because he can be aggressive.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Yes, I understand.

Those are not grounds to exclude him from his property I'm afraid.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
The kids don't want him back either .do I have to open the door if he calls the police this late at night
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

No but if you do not then he can change the locks and sue you for the cost. He can't be excluded because you do not want him there I'm afraid.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
It's my house and I pay the bills and the mortgage is in my name
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

It may be.

It is the matrimonial home and he is entitled to be there.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Okay so I am not breaking any law by not answering the door to let him in
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I can let him change the locks he if wants to but I don't have to open the door to let him in.am I correct
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Are you there.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 months ago.

Yes, but then you face the risk of liability if he incurs cost.

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