Understanding How to Enforce Court Orders in Divorce
After divorce proceedings, a judge will issue a court order that establishes how the two parties will handle matters such as child support, custody, spousal maintenance, and more. Obtaining a favorable judgment in your divorce can be time-consuming, stressful, and costly, which is why it can be extremely frustrating and disheartening when the other party fails to abide by the new terms. Luckily, there are legal steps you can take to protect your rights and your family.
If your ex-spouse fails to follow through with their end of the court order, you can request that the court hold them in contempt and pay for your attorney’s fees. This is done through a process called enforcement. Enforcement legally forces a person to obey a court order. If your ex-spouse is not following their responsibilities after the divorce, it is important you seek qualified legal counsel.
Enforceable Orders & Consequences of Non-Compliance
Failing to comply with court orders is a serious transgression. If your ex-spouse does not obey the guidelines outlined in the document, they not only hurt you, but they can also affect the well-being of your child. By having your ex-spouse held in contempt, you can seek the justice you deserve.
What Can Be A Cause for Filing a Motion of Contempt?
- Moving children without legal permission
- Refusing to pay child support
- Not paying spousal support/maintenance
- Denying child visitation
- Failing to comply with child custody orders