Custody Eval & Subpoenas

  1. If your finances are relevant to the custody evaluation they can be used outside of court. They may be relevant if they show erratic spending, illegal behavior, etc.

  2. Unless the court has prohibited her from seeing these records she has the right to see whatever her attorney has.

  3. An attorney or a party can subpoena any document they believe will provide evidence to support their claim. Without meeting with you and reviewing all the facts of your case, I cannot determine if these records are relevant.

Helena M. Nevicosi
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.787.6361 main fax

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Suite 510
Charlotte, NC 28262
Main Phone: (704)307.4600
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Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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Apologies in advance for the lengthiness of this email.

My wife and separated and live in NC. WE have a temp 50/50 custody order currently in place. Her attorney has subpoenaed EVERYTHING he possibly can, including financial documents for use in a custody review last Dec. 5th 07. But, the judge would not hear any new evidence (because the hearing was a simple custody review, not a custody determination hearing). Since then, we have begun a custody eval and I’m wondering a couple of things:

  1. Can the subpoenaed documents obtained for the 12/7 review be used BY MY WIFE outside of court, i.e., in the custody evaluator’s office? Her attorney gave her copies of ALL the financials, some that even predate our wedding day by 6 months! (We both agreed to have separate bank accounts prior to the marriage so that’s why she had to get them via subpoena.)

  2. Does she have the legal right to possess these or should they be restricted to viewing with or at her attorney’s office?

3)Does he have the legal right to subpoena the 6 months of financial info that predated our marriage. (We were married in June '05 and he got records going back to Jan. 1, '05.)

Thanks in advance!