After you have filed for divorce, your partner might decide to use lawsuits as a way to retaliate against you. if this is the case, you may need to turn to an attorney who can help you stop abusive lawsuits.
Some Lawsuits Serve No Legitimate Purpose
While there are sometimes legitimate reasons for filing a lawsuit against an ex, many lawsuits are filed with the purpose of harassing the defendant. These lawsuits might not have any merit and you may be forced to respond to them. An ex might use harassing lawsuits because they know that you will have a difficult time stopping them from filing lawsuits.
However, if an individual continuously files frivolous lawsuits, a judge might decide to restrict their ability to file. Then, the individual will need to receive special permission before they are allowed to file another lawsuit.
You Can Stop Abusive Lawsuits
To be able to have your ex barred from filing lawsuits, you must prove that the lawsuits being filed are not for a legitimate reason. Your ex might give this away when they make a statement that shows that they are not filing the lawsuit for any reason other than to punish you.
Alleviate the Burden of Abusive Lawsuits
Even if the judge does not bar the individual from filing additional lawsuits, they might require that all of your future expenses be paid for by the litigant. Your ex might also need to reimburse you for any expenses you have incurred due to the lawsuit.
You may be able to have the burden of the lawsuits eased by only being forced to attend by telephone or online. This is done so you do not have to see your ex and do not have to take as much time out from your schedule.
Oftentimes, your ex might use abusive lawsuits that involve discovery because this type of lawsuit will require the exchange of documents. This may be done as a way to waste your time or as a way to find out information about you that has nothing to do with a valid legal claim.
Know Your Legal Options
A lawyer will go over your legal options and help you decide the best way to stop your ex from engaging in abusive lawsuits. For example, your lawyer will help you file a motion to have a lawsuit dismissed or will represent you in court if you are forced to defend yourself against the lawsuit.