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Hi. I thank you for choosing Justanswer for your legal question(s). My role as expert is to provide you with utmost service through providing legal information that is honest and truthful (and not overly rosy in nature). Notably, I do not provide advice.As far as any case is concerned, if your husband is represented by an Attorney, it is best not to contact him directly. Hence, ccing him on an email you send to his lawyer would typically be inappropriate. Similarly, if you want to suggest mediation, you should send an email to his lawyer only.
... Otherwise, you could get in trouble for inappropriately contacting a represented party.
That's a great question; and, you are most welcome. He SHOULD contact you within a reasonable time, but he does not owe you any duty to do so.
To clarify, the rule is 4.2 of the Maryland Ethics Code:
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (c), in representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person who the lawyer knows is represented in the matter by another lawyer unless the lawyer has the consent of the other lawyer or is authorized by law or court order to do so.
... The same is true of a pro se litigant who knows that the other party is represented by counsel.
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Well, if that occurs, it's likely best to ignore it. You can still get in trouble for communicating with represented parties, even if they initiate it. While you may be able to explain it away to a Judge, it still could look bad - depending on the Judge, and how well you explain it.