What should I do if my husband is in Iraq he wants me to sign his name on the the divorce papers?

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What should I do if my husband is in Iraq he wants me to sign his name on the the divorce papers?

He said that it will take longer for me to send them and for him to return them. We aren’t fighting for anything, no kids at all. If he is giving me permission to sign, should I do it?

Asked on March 2, 2011 under Family Law, Alaska

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, you should not.  You were very wise to think twice about his request.  It can only come back to haunt you later on should he decide to turn on you (and its not like it isn't possible in any divorce, even the most amicable).  Tell him no and tell him to speak with an attorney about having a Power of Attorney appointed on his behalf to execute the paperwork.  That may take just as long now - sending it back and forth - but it may be useful later on for other documents.  Listen, if things really are amicable then what is the difference in waiting to do it right?  Really?  Good luck to you.


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