What Can I Do If My Spouse Is Disobeying Court Orders for Our Divorce?
Getting a Spouse to Follow Divorce Court Orders
What are you supposed to do if your spouse isn’t complying with court-ordered alimony or support? Take them back to court. Spouses can file a contempt action, also known as a 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.
In our experience, non-compliant spouses usually take two or three hours to come up with the required money. 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?