How to get the tax info of an uncooperative spouse?
March 23, 2007 9:54 PM Subscribe
My very close friend's soon-to-be ex-husband is being extremely vindictive. Does he have a legal leg to stand on?
posted by srrh to law & government (24 answers total)
One of my closest friends, E, is currently going through a divorce. If memory serves, it will be final in May. E and R have a three month old daughter (they got married because she was pregnant, probably not a good idea in the first place) whom E has custody of. R is in the military and not paying child support. R has kept their daughter a total of one night, ever. They are not on good terms at all, and what led to E walking out on him was R threatening her life. She's now back with her parents, working, and going back to school.
E started going back to school six months or so ago, and when filing for financial aid, filed as married. Now, she needs to file tax information with her school, and R refuses to give his tax info to her. Supporting her daughter and her car insurance, phone, etc., she cannot afford school without financial aid. She cannot get financial aid without R's tax info. I'm sure you can see the predicament.
Since he is in the military, E intended to call his commander about it. This morning, however, E received a cease and desist letter in the mail from R's lawyer, describing her behavior as "stalking" and saying that if she ever contacts R's employer again, she will be issued a restraining order. (E has contacted his commander twice before, once when R threatened to not return their daughter, and once when she needed to find out how to have the military begin garnishing child support from R's paycheck.)
So, I guess my question is twofold. First of all, how can she go about getting the tax information she needs from R? Second of all, is this cease and desist letter any good? Can she really be stopped from contacting R's commander, and can contacting her twice in the past really be considered stalking and harassment of R?
I apologize if I have left out any details and I will be sure to clarify anything that is unclear. We're in Virginia, if that makes any difference.