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What if My Former Spouse or Partner Doesn't Follow the
Court Orders?

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If your former spouse or partner disobeys an order the court made in the divorce judgment, there are ways to enforce those orders.

  • Orders to pay money can be enforced by garnishing wages Opens new window or bank accounts,
    or by having the sheriff seize and sell property belonging to the person who hasn't paid.
  • Orders to turn over property, or for child visitation can usually be enforced by contempt of court proceedings. In a "contempt of court" proceeding, papers are prepared and served on the disobedient person, ordering that person to appear in court. After a hearing, the judge can put the person in jail or impose a fine as necessary to make the person obey the order.

If you have questions about how to enforce certain parts of the divorce judgment, you may want to consult with an attorney who has experience in this area of the law.

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