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Can my mother in law kick me out if I’m divorcing her son?

Q: I have been living with my husband for about 4 years in my mother in law’s house. The house is under my mother in law’s name only. My husband has been the only one paying rent since I am a stay at home mom. He has no lease with his mother. We are planning on getting a divorce soon. Can my mother in law kick me out since I don’t pay rent? 

A: Generally there is no “self-help” for a tenant eviction – if she wants you out, she’d usually need to commence an eviction proceeding. It’s usually better to sort out such matters in the divorce itself. Schedule a consult with a Bronx Divorce Attorney for a full assessment. 

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