If my soon to be ex-wife is opening my mail and forwarding to third parties, is that illegal??

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If my soon to be ex-wife is opening my mail and forwarding to third parties, is that illegal??

I’m going through a divorce and have forwarded my mail over. My wife opens mail that was addressed only to me regarding a foreclosure on the property were we both use to live, then forwarded the letter to a realtor. My name is the only one on the note and on the deed. I was provided the letter by the realtor. Is there anything I can do about this?

Asked on March 8, 2016 under Family Law, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

She should not open your mail.  You can raise the issue with the court or your local postmaster.  However, often, they will chalk it up to an accident if the mail went to her house as many people accidentally open mail that is not addressed to them.  She certainly should not have forwarded it to the third party, but she at least got it to you indirectly.  Again, this is an issue you can raise with the postmaster or the judge. 
Any easy fix would be to go paperless with your mortgage statement... so that she doesn't have an opportunity to even get her hands on your mail.  It's also cheaper than paying your attorney to file a contempt motion if she violated any of the standing orders in your case or county.

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