What to do if my minor child was awarded a settlement from a pharmaceutical lawsuit filed by my ex-spouse?

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What to do if my minor child was awarded a settlement from a pharmaceutical lawsuit filed by my ex-spouse?

We were divorced at the time of the filing but we have joint legal custody.My ex failed to include me in the suit. I have sought and gained access to settlement statements and court order.There remains a sealed exhibit that further details the suit such as whether the parents received damages.My ex refuses to give me details of that document. I have made 2 attempts to contact the firm that represented my son and his mother and they have failed to respond. The firm is from the state where the suit was filed but the settlement hearing was in Ithe state where my son, his mother and I reside. What are my options?

Asked on March 18, 2013 under Personal Injury, Illinois

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you did not bring the lawsuit on behalf of your minor child and there is no court order in place from the settlement allowing you information about it, you essentially have no legal standing to find out anything about the settlement.


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