Harrasment Post Divorce

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Harrasment Post Divorce

My ex-wife files contempt motions if my alimony/child support check is one day late, or just if she feels like causing trouble. I live in another state. Every time she does this I have to miss work, lose at least a days wages, and spend considerable $$ on travelling to court. Long long can she keep getting away with this? My job is in jeapordy and it’s causing financial hardship. Can I file a harrassment charge and have her ordered to stop? Also, Can my alimony and child support be modified because of lost wages due to her harrassment?

Asked on June 9, 2009 under Family Law, Connecticut

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

The first thing that you should do is get a divorce lawyer to represent you in court so that you do not have to continue traveling the long distance.

The lawyer could also take the proper measures to stop your ex-wife from constantly filing contempt motions that are probably unfounded. Having a lawyer will save you money in the long run.

The court will decide whether any actions should be taken against your ex-wife but you should consider modifying the support order to give you a certain amount of  time to send her the check since you live in another state and to specify how late you have to be before she can file a contempt motion against you.

Perhaps after you inform the court about all the hardship and inconvenience that you suffer, the court can also specify penalties that your ex-wife will suffer if she continues filing unfounded contempt motions.


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