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Good evening. Thank for asking for me. Do we know if he opened the safety deposit box after the divorce was filed? Or was it before? (if known)
Interesting. Was it opened during or before their marriage?
I am now. Both parties to a divorce are required, as part of the divorce proceeding, to disclose all of their assets and debts to each other. If your mother fears that your father is keeping something in the safety deposit box and intends to conceal it from her, there's really no way to keep him from doing that except through a court order. That would require going to court and getting the court to order the bank to open the safety deposit box, or something similar like ordering your father to open it in her presence. I'm sorry to say that the process of doing all this is a bit complicated, so I can describe the "what" but not so much the "how" in this forum-- your mother will want to consult with an attorney to ensure that it is done properly and her rights are protected.