My ex wants to modify a custody decree we signed 5 months ago. Because she was not eligible to do so, she submitted a long list of accusations and succeeded in obtaining a 30 minute hearing. She has since emailed me stating that she will proceed with the assumption we are going to trial. Included in this email were 41 accusations (ex: admit you abandoned children) and varying invasive questions about everything from the date I started my new relationship to the breed of my dog. She has also demanded the production of all footage from the baby monitor in my house and the security system in my yard. She advised that this is only the first of several sets she will be sending.
She is a very combative and high conflict personality, and has a history of making vexatious accusations (nearly one hundred in the last few months). The idea of giving her access to my home security footage or baby monitors is troubling.
We have not even seen a judge or discussed going to trial, and this was not sent to me in any official capacity. Am I within my rights to ignore this email at present time? Are there limitations on what she can demand in an interrogatory?
There are limitations to the number and scope of discovery requests. You can review Rules 49 and 51, and Rules 60-65 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure for more information.
If she’s alleging an emergent basis to modify custody, I strongly encourage you to at least consult directly with a family lawyer.
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I agree with the previous attorney's response. Also, due to the fact that it has only been five months since the decree was entered, you may be able to put an end to her Petition well before having to go to trial. I suggest consulting with a family law attorney before going any further.
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