My husband recently was required to attend a supplemental hearing for a financial review (he is in arrears for a NJ alimony order). A judge swore him in and then his ex wife's attorney took him in a conference room to go through all his financial documents. During the review, the attorney demanded that my husband turn over his wallet, at which time the attorney went through every single compartment. He then demanded my husband's keys. Don't you have to have a court order to require this? Or a search warrant?
You husband would not have been required to turn his wallet over to opposing counsel during a review of documents, nor his keys. The attorney does not have that type of authority, it must come from a court order. It seems as if the attorney took advantage of your unrepresented husband. Your husband may want to consider hiring an attorney to assist him with the arrears issues.
During supplemental proceedings after a judgment this is allowed and any non-except valuables are turned over to the court. I usually have a bank writ ready as well with a server standing by to file and serve a writ on any bank account we find during the proceedings.
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