What to do if my boyfriend is suing his ex for nonpayment on the house they own together and she has since subpoenaed all my financial information?

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What to do if my boyfriend is suing his ex for nonpayment on the house they own together and she has since subpoenaed all my financial information?

She wants all information fro 8 month before I ovd in to the present. This is also information she wants to use in the child custody/support case. I feel this is an invasion of privacy. I do not have any legal authority to the house nor have I signed a lease her attorney is requesting. A judge has not ordered any of this.

Asked on November 16, 2012 under Family Law, Virginia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You may be able to object to the subpoena, on the grounds of relevancy--as you note, that your financials have nothing to do with the litigation between your boyfriend and his ex. (People can only get information relevant to a lawsuit, or which may in turn lead them to finding other relevant information.) However, you need to object the proper way--if you simply refuse to turn over the information, you could find yourself being sanctioned (punished) by the court. The best thing to do would be to hire an attorney to help you--objecting to a discovery request, like a subpoena, can be somewhat technical, so it's better to let someone who knows what he or she is doing do this.


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