Can I post a reward for my ex-husbands address on-line?

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Can I post a reward for my ex-husbands address on-line?

Can I use his name? My ex-husband owes me money for child support and has lied to the police about where he really lives. Also, he has a warrent issued for the money.

Asked on August 9, 2010 under Personal Injury, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You should be able to (though there's a risk; see below):

1) There's no law against paying for information.

2) You would need to be careful to not defame your ex-husband in the process (so not false factual statements that damage his reputation)

3) No use of the information for illegal or criminal purposes

However, where there's a risk is that if anyone contacting your husband or providing the information commits any criminal or civilly liable acts in the process--e.g. trespass, identify theft, assault, invasion of privacy--depending on how your ad was phrased, if it looks at all like you called for or  incited the act, you could end up liable for it.

Also, this is the sort of thing which tends to bring out scam agents trying to target or defraud you.

In short, while technically legal to pay for  information of this type, there is substantial possibilty for trouble. Speak with a family law or divorce attorney, or possibly a divorced women's advocacy or support group; they may know better ways to get this information. Good luck.


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