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Woman being sued for words on memo line of spousal support check

Divorce is never easy and, as some Alabama residents would likely attest, can sometimes be downright nasty. Various issues between former spouses can evoke strong emotions, and those who are dissatisfied with spousal support arrangements or other court orders may express their anger in ways that cause further discord. In a recent incident in another state, a man has filed a lawsuit against his former wife, claiming that she has been harassing him by writing insulting messages on the support checks she has been ordered to pay him each week.

The man who has filed the claim says that he has suffered recent heart attacks because of the emotional stress his former wife causes him by writing derogatory words on the memo lines of her spousal support checks. He alleges that the words are meant to insult him. The checks, which are reportedly mailed to the home of the man's mother each week, allegedly contain words such as "loser" and "bum" on the memo lines.

The woman has stated that a memo line on a check is typically considered a "note to self." Therefore, she argues, she can write anything she wants there because she is writing to herself and not to anyone else. The man's attorney, who has filed the legal claim on his behalf, says his client's recent heart attacks were caused by the emotional distress he suffers each time he reads the messages on the support checks. The woman has complained that the law firm representing her husband posted a photocopy of one of her checks on its Facebook page, accusing her of harassment and causing her public humiliation.

Alabama residents may be interested in how the court will rule regarding whether what a person writes on a personal check can be considered harassment under the law. Some may be facing other types of legal issues concerning spousal support payments or other court orders after divorce. It may be advisable, in such circumstances, to seek legal intervention if it appears that the situation cannot be otherwise amicably resolved.

Source:, "Hopatcong ex-wife writes 'loser' on alimony checks; ex-husband sues her", Peggy Wright, Dec. 20, 2015

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