Q: I need to know if I can sue my father for money he owed in a divorce with my mother.
My parents divorced in 2016, my father owes us half of the property value but he has never paid any of it. My mother has PTSD from the marriage and its really hard for her to work on finding a lawyer and everything because of her mental state. I'm 21, I need to know if theres anything I can do to help with it, or take it into my own hands.
Absent some special circumstances, she would need to pursue her own legal claims.
Best of luck.
Charles Watts agrees with this answer
A: In short, no. However contact a family law attorney as there may be avenues that you can take on her behalf, but all your actions will be limited to only being her representative.
A: If you were guardian of your mother you could pursue her action on her behalf. Also a Durable Power of Attorney drafted correctly would allow you to proceed on her behalf. You can't "take it into your own hands" as the cause of action belongs to your Mother. Good Luck!
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