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Asked on: 4/18/03, 12:09 pm

Contempt of Court - Name Change

When I divorced, my wife agreed to:

1. Change her name back to her maiden name.

2. Take care of the lease on the Nissan Maxima that she was driving.

I took care of my obligations! She agreed to change her last name. She has a balance due to Nissan which she says she won't pay.

Here is the question ... since she did not change her name ... can I pursue a breach of contract or contempt of court? It was VERY important to me that she no longer uses my last name. After the divorce ... I was told that anyone can use any name they want ... yet ... no one told me this during the negotiations! My feeling is that her commmitment in the court ... should supercede the usual freedom that people have.

I want to stop paying Alimony until she complies with the name change and paying off Nissan which is affecting my credit? Can I do this?

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