Hello and thank you for your question.
As you likely know California's wiretapping law requires that all parties consent to the recording of a confidential conversation. Under Cal. Penal code sec. 632 it is a crime to record any confidential communication, including a private conversation or telephone call, without the consent of all parties to the conversation. The statute may be found here Cal. Penal Code § 632
. The penalty for a first offense is a fine of up to $2500.00 or up to one year imprisonment or both. The penalty increases for subsequent offenses. The statute applies to the use of hidden video cameras to record conversations as well.
In addition to criminal
penalties, a person who violates the statute may be subject to a civil action for damages by an injured party under Cal. Penal Code § 637.2
. Under the statute the person who was wrongfully recorded may recover $5000.00 or three times the amount of actual damages. In addition, the person who was wrongfully recorded may be able to seek injunctive relief
from the court
to obtain the recording and any copies and to prevent publication or dissemination of the contents.
Therefore, you can report the violations of the statute to police for criminal prosecution and/or pursue a civil action against your ex-wife and others involved based on the illegal recordings.
Please feel free to ask any follow-up questions.