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my ex wife, whom i have a child with, is asking for my now

fiance's information. My fiance is...
my ex wife, whom i have a child with, is asking for my now fiance's information. My fiance is not comfortable with my ex wife knowing her last name or where she works etc due to some erratic behavior. Since my son spends time with myself and my fiance am I under any legal obligation to disclose that information to my ex wife?
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Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

I am sorry for your situation.

am I under any legal obligation to disclose that information to my ex wife?

Informally - no. There is no law in Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 208 (family) or any other chapter that dictates that you must give your ex information about your significant other or fiance. So if she is simply asking informally, this may be ignored, or a letter may be written back stating that this is not information she is entitled to (let me know if you need a sample letter by using the REPLY button).

If she is asking information via discovery/subpoena during a pending child custody matter, then she may ask information in regards XXXXX XXXXX fiance's criminal history, alcohol/drug/ history, and other nuances that may affect the custody situation, as the Court views any individuals who are living in the household of a parent as part of the environment, and as such, affecting the decision.

But I am guessing here, she is simply asking informally. If so, then she has no right to know and you do not have to tell her. I am also assuming here that the divorce decree does not demand that the parties update each other of adults who live in the households (let me know if it does). As such, then she has no right to have this information.

I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.

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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

could i please have a sample letter?

By all means:

Dear ____________,

This correspondence is in regards XXXXX XXXXX recent request for the following information: [briefly state].

At this point, I am declining to provide this information. This is not because I wish to hide anything from you, but because (1) the law does not require me to do so and (2) I wish to save my fiance the harassment of any legal proceedings to which she is not a part of.

Sincerely,

Signature

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