What Can I Do If My Spouse Is Disobeying Court Orders?
What are you supposed to do if your spouse isn’t complying with court-ordered alimony or support? You can take them back to court. File a contempt action – an enforcement action – and your spouse is going to be brought before the court, and most likely ordered sanctions to pay your attorney fees, and potentially jail time.
What are you supposed to do if your spouse isn’t complying with court ordered alimony or support?
Take them back to court. File a contempt action—an enforcement action. Your spouse is going to be brought before the court and most likely will be ordered sanctions to pay, your attorney’s fees and, after maybe one -- at most two -- warnings and they don’t pay, they’ll get a toothbrush and off to jail they go, usually with a purge amount. What’s a purge amount? The amount your spouse has to come up with in order to get out of jail.
Guess what? Usually it takes two or three hours. Now isn’t that a coincidence. But if you don’t hold them accountable, and you don’t let your spouse know that you will take them back, they are going to walk all over you. You’ve got to do what it takes. And if you’re going to go through the energy of getting a court order, why wouldn’t you want to have it enforced?