Most of us believe once we have settled all of our divorce issues that our time in court has ended. However, when a court orders child support, spousal support or liquidation of property from the marriage, oftentimes ex-spouses do not follow through on their obligations. When this occurs, you may need the services of Palm Beach contempt and enforcement attorneys to assist you in forcing your ex-spouse to comply with a court order.
Yaffa & Associates explains contempt
Contempt of court is a very serious legal matter that can result in time in jail. Contempt charges are often filed when a party fails to follow the instructions of the court or may occur when a person who is before a court does something the court does not approve of. After a divorce, some of the reasons for filing a civil contempt charge include:
- Unpaid support – when the court orders child support payments or alimony payments that are not paid in a timely manner, the spouse receiving such payments may ask their attorney to file contempt charges against their ex-spouse. The court will order such payments to be made in a timely manner. Barring their inability to make payments due to job loss or serious injury, the court may sentence the offender to jail time until such payments are made
- Visitation schedules – if the final divorce decree has a specific visitation schedule for minor children and the custodial parent refuses to allow the non-custodial parent to see the child (or children) the court may find the custodial parent in contempt of court to enforce visitation. In most cases, contempt charges of this nature are not subject to jail time due to the custodial parents need to be with their children
How Yaffa & Associates can help with enforcement
Unfortunately, when a divorce is final, there is often a need to force one party to follow through on certain actions. Some of these may include selling a marital home or liquidation of other assets. If your ex-spouse is not following through on an agreement to sell assets it is helpful to seek the guidance of an attorney who can help you enforce the courts orders. We can file the appropriate documents with the court to ensure the original orders are followed.
Divorces are never easy for anyone and after a divorce, both parties have responsibilities to follow through on the orders in the final decree. If you are facing difficulties with your spouse refusing to pay support, not liquidating assets or not allowing scheduled visitations, Yaffa & Associates can help.