Am I required to maintain cell phone service form my ex?

I am currently going through a divorce and I had originally agreed to pay for the cell phone bill that included, my ex, her 2 daughters and myself. After a dispute with the cell phone company, I terminated the contract which included all the lines on the contract’s. She is requiring that I either pay her extra child support or pay for her to have a new cell phone service. Am I required to do to this? She claims that was her main line of communication, however when I first left the house there was a landline and I also know that currently she has another phone under her name.

Asked on July 28, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If maintaining cell service was part of the judgment, then you have to maintain it.  It sounds like there is no judgment yet, in which case you probably wouldn't need to pay for her cell phone service.  If you are legally separated your obligations are any past debts from during the marriage, temporary spousal support, and temporary child support .  Any other obligation arising from services she is enjoying is now her responsibility.

If you are going through a divorce I would recommend hiring a local family law attorney to make sure you get the best result.


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