Can I legally stop my ex-husband’s new wife from communicating with me in regard to my spousal maintenance?

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Can I legally stop my ex-husband’s new wife from communicating with me in regard to my spousal maintenance?

My ex-husband has remarried and we have been divorced for 7 years. We recently went and had a new agreement done up in regard to maintenance arearrages, and a loan that was owed to me. My ex-husband will not communicate with me and everything goes through his current wife. Does he have to deal directly with me or else through a lawyer? I do not want to deal with his wife.

Asked on August 11, 2011 Colorado

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You can't control who he uses to communicate with you. He has the right to call you himself, to have his new wife do it, to have his attorney do it, etc.

What you can control is who takes the call. If you have an attorney of your own, you can refuse to speak to him, his new wife, or his lawyer, and instead direct that all communications go through your attorney. That, in fact, is something commonly done when two parties have no desire to speak with each other, for any reason. It will cost you some money, obviously--you'll be paying for your own lawyer's time. Therefore, you need to decide how much you dislike talking to the new wife--and what it's worth to you to avoid it.


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