Enforcement of Divorce Agreements
Once a divorce has been finalized, enforcing the settlement agreement may become a contentious situation between ex-spouses. A non-custodial father may refuse to make child support or
spousal support payments or may refuse to return a child to the mother after a scheduled
visitation. A mother may refuse to allow her ex-husband visitation rights. Such incidents are all too familiar between divorced couples, especially when there is residual hostility between them. If such situations cannot be remedied between the parties themselves, then legal action on the part of the mistreated spouse becomes necessary.
Bringing Forth Necessary Legal Action
An ex-spouse who is the recipient of a violated divorce agreement can bring legal action against the opposing spouse by charging him or her with a contempt action. This action can enforce the opposing spouse to pay alimony, child support, attorney's fees, to comply with visitation rights and schedules, or to comply with other terms of the divorce settlement. The party filing the contempt action must show that the opposing spouse refused or failed to comply with the settlement agreement or judgment. Under a contempt ruling by the court, the opposing ex-spouse may face jail time until the contempt action is handled.
If you need assistance having your divorce settlement enforced on your ex-spouse, our firm may be able to help you. We are a family law practice that concentrates only on divorce and
family law issues in the Los Angeles area. Because of this, we are well-versed in resolving all family law issues, including enforcement of divorce settlements.
Talk to a Lawyer about Your Divorce Settlement Situation
When faced with the stressful situation of a non-compliant ex-spouse in a divorce settlement situation, it is in your best interests to obtain the legal support and counsel you need to resolve such a battle. It is important to consult with a divorce attorney as soon as possible when the divorce agreement has been broken so that the situation may be corrected before it deteriorates further.