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When family law becomes hostile

Movies have a way of sensationalizing any event, both good and bad. Some New Jersey residents may have seen a movie where divorcing individuals struggle to find "dirt" on one another in order to gain the upper hand. However, it can cause a wide variety of problems people choose to use these methods in real family law cases. In one case a federal lawsuit was filed against local police after they helped a husband find information on his wife during their divorce. 

The husband supposedly had close personal ties to members of the police department, including attorneys who were employed by the department. At one point during the divorce, his wife reported a disputed charge on her credit card to the police which, to her surprise, resulted in her own arrest. The charges were eventually dismissed, but not before the damage was done. 

In her lawsuit, the woman claims that after she was arrested, information from her confiscated phone was given to her ex-husband to be used against her. The husband's attorneys, as well as the city and the police department, denied these accusations. However, it was eventually determined that the detectives named in the suit "acted with malice" and that the husband did, in fact, have significant ties to the department through donations and social interactions with some of the members.

Family law cases can be incredibly stressful for everyone involved, especially if those involved do not get along. New Jersey residents who are going through a divorce or are involved in another family law dispute could benefit from speaking with an attorney. With the help of attorneys, divorcing couples may be able to communicate more effectively and come to a mutually beneficial agreement.

Source:, "Ex-Portsmouth police accused of seeking 'dirt' in divorce case", Elizabeth Dinan, May 4, 2018

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