A brother and sister fell out after a court ordered one to live with the other.
Terence Richardson was given a suspended sentence at Teesside Crown Court last month after admitting offences of affray and carrying a bladed article.
As part of the suspended sentence, he was ordered to live with his sister in Wilton Avenue, Hartlepool.
But Richardson, 55, was back before the court after the pair found they could not live together.
“It hasn’t worked out,” said Martin Scarborough, defending.
“To be fair to Mr Richardson, he contacted my firm of solicitors to tell them he needed to live somewhere else.
“His health is not at all good.He would like the order to be varied so he can live with his partner in Raby Gardens in Hartlepool.
“That has been an on-off relationship, but the pair of them see a future in it, going forward.”
Judge Sean Morris varied the residence condition of Richardson’s suspended sentence to enable him to live in Raby Gardens.
He praised Richardson for dealing with the situation and bringing the case before the court.
The judge told him: “You did the right thing bringing this to the attention of your solicitors.
“Many defendants would not have done.”
Richardson thanked Judge Morris as his partner assisted him to leave court.