If my ex is stealing and selling my property out of my home, what can I do?

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If my ex is stealing and selling my property out of my home, what can I do?

I allowed my ex of 6 years to live in my home for the last year, to help her get on her feet again. She lives there with my son and her daughter; I lived elsewhere. She moved into a fully furnished home agreeing to get a job and move in 6 months. Eventually the landlord (my mon) had to evict her because she has now “squatted” for the last year. She is locked out as of the first of next month but she’s been selling my personal things and furniture, at garage sales. She’s volitile and I fear losing everything I can prove is mine. I want to press charges.

Asked on July 10, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Call the sheriff's department and file a criminal complaint if you want to press charges.  If she is successfuly prosecuted the court may order restitution be paid to you.

Does she have a job, assets, etc?  If you, then you can file a small claims case against her for converson of chattel and you will most likely win.  The problem is that you can get a judgment, but if she doesn't have an ability to pay or something to collect against--that judgment was a waste of your time and money. 

Best of luck.

 


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