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It is illegal for a person to open their spouses mail without

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It is illegal for a person to open their spouse's mail without consent?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 8 years ago.

What kind of mail is it?


Does it specially state to be opened by the addressee only?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
credit card statements and payments received for my business.

nothing marked "to be opended by addressee only" BUT these are accounts and receivables I have had solely in my name and have personally and individually maintained since before we were married.

all accounts are in my name, and he no authorization, etc. or "additional card" to even use the accounts.

additionally, there is no power of attorney or other legal document which gives him permission to do anything on my behalf..... nor is he a partial owner or have any interest in my business.

my husband even threw some of the envelopes away... that I need! (sometimes payment is sent from a different address than the company for which the service was provided)
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 8 years ago.

Thank you for the clarification.


Yes, It is illegal to open another person's mail. It is actually a federal offense because the mail is sent through the United States Postal Service.


You should start by filing a complaint with the United States Postal Service:


Edited by AttorneyPhillips on 10/1/2009 at 4:20 AM EST
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Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 8 years ago.

Thanks for the ACCEPT.


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All the best,