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Enforcement of Court Orders

Has your ex-spouse violated the terms of your divorce?

One of the most difficult aspects of divorce is coming to an agreement on difficult decisions like child custody, child support, visitation rights, etc. This process can be lengthy and exhausting, and many couples are relieved when their divorce settlement is finalized. After all of the time and effort that is spent on the divorce process, it would seem that the parties involved would understand the legal significance of the divorce settlement and their separate obligations. This is not always the case, however, and many parents today have to deal with the ex-spouses who do not follow through with their support payments.

Even though you may have signed a court order for spousal support, child support, property division or child custody, your spouse may or may not comply with the court orders. When this happens, it is important for you to take action and stand up for your rights. Failure to comply by either party can create a substantial strain on the finances and lifestyle of the other. For example, if one parent fails to pay the full amount of child support that was agreed upon during the divorce, the other parent may be unable to provide for their child's basic needs. Here at Collins Family Law Group, we know how difficult this can be and we are here to help.

Pressing Charges of Contempt in Monroe

When you contact the caring attorneys at our firm, you will receive the dedicated help and assistance that you need to resolve these issues and pursue justice. The terms of a divorce settlement are enforceable by law once they are approved by the court, and a failure to follow through can result in civil or criminal charges of contempt. With our help, you can file a contempt motion with a family court in Monroe in order to seek the financial help or visitation time that you deserve. In some cases, it is possible to avoid filing contempt charges by petitioning the court for a modification of the original divorce settlement.

If you decide to file for contempt of court and are successful, the judge will enforce the terms of the court order if he or she finds that the other party willfully disobeyed the court's order. When a judge finds that a spouse is in contempt, he or she may face jail time in addition to fines. However, a person cannot be held in contempt of court for violating an order that he or she does not have the ability to comply with. For instance, if a father does not have enough money available to make child support payment, he should not be found in contempt even though he was personally served a valid order. Even though the father will still owe the money required by the settlement, he should not be punished for not paying. To learn more about charges of contempt and how to recover the support that you deserve, call a Monroe divorce attorney at our firm today!

Collins Family Law Group - Monroe Divorce Attorney
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