At the Land Legal Group, our Los Angeles family law attorneys understand that sometimes — even after a California divorce is finalized — the disputes between ex-spouses do not end. This is typically true when the ex-spouses share minor children, and one is unhappy with the other’s actions or behaviors. Unfortunately, threats like “I’m taking you back to court!” are common among divorced parents.
The question is, does the person making the threats have any legal standing to do so? It depends.
Here are tips to deal with these threats so you do not fear the unknown.
How to Respond to an Ex-Spouse’s Threats to Take You Back to Court
You know your ex-spouse better than most, so if they are threatening to take you back to court, it could just be to get a response out of you. In other cases, one ex-spouse may believe the other is not upholding their end of the finalized divorce agreement.
No matter your circumstances, here are a few tips to help you move forward:
- Stay Calm and Document Everything
Record all communication with your ex-spouse, especially any threats or harassment. Save text messages, emails, voicemails, or other evidence of these threats. Document dates, times, and the content of the messages, and keep them in a safe place.
Try to keep your communication with your ex-spouse civil and avoid engaging in confrontations or arguments. Responding calmly and professionally can help prevent escalation.
- Review Your Court Orders
Carefully review the existing court orders, including the divorce decree and any custody, visitation, child support, or spousal support orders. Ensure that you are following all court orders and obligations. Non-compliance can lead to legal consequences and give your ex-spouse legitimate reasons to seek court intervention.
- Consult with an Experienced California Family Law Attorney
If you are complying, and your ex-spouse takes you back to court anyway, having an experienced family lawyer present a record of your court orders and your efforts to maintain a positive co-parenting relationship will give a robust case. This may also limit the times your spouse can take you back to court to go through the motions.
If you believe your ex-spouse’s threats have merit or are concerned about their potential legal actions, consult our skilled Los Angeles family law attorneys immediately. We can guide you on how to protect your rights and best interests while we prepare your case.
Contact Our Los Angeles Family Law Attorneys at the Land Legal Group Today
Remember that every situation is unique, and it is crucial to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance tailored to your specific circumstances. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights, responsibilities, and potential courses of action to effectively address threats of court action from your ex-spouse.