Divorce husband is using extortion to get his way on settlement. If I don't agree to his demands he threatens me. What can I do?
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You should not be speaking to him at all. By doing so you undercut your attorneys ability to negotiate. You must hire an experienced matrimonial attorney. As my colleague stated, there is no agreement until it is signed.
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You need to hire an attorney that will level the playing field and kick his you know what! Otherwise you'll get crushed.
You really shouldn’t be handling this alone. You should consult and attorney and review your options!
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If you have an attorney, then that is the person in the best position to address these questions. It might also be helpful to discuss with your attorney how you can limit communications with your ex, the mechanics of an Order of Protection, and how you can use your attorney to better advocate on your behalf in negotiations.
If you are considering changing attorneys, then you can always have a consultation with another experienced matrimonial attorney to determine what your best legal options are.
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If you have already hired an attorney, that is the person to tell this to and keep her updated. You don't have to give in to his demands and you shouldn't. Let him know that you have an attorney and that when he files for divorce (or if you do first), that your attorney and his attorney can handle it. My guess is that he's bullying you because he really doesn't want to spend the money for an attorney.
You best option is to hire an attorney. Threatening to take legal action is legal and not even unethical, unless he is clearly filing false documents. Until you have a written agreement, nothing he promises is worth anything.
The above is a general answer and is not considered legal advice. You should contact an attorney before proceeding to take any legal action, signing any papers or upon service of a summons.