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Enforcement of a Court Order

Enforcing Court Orders in Florida

Legal Insight from Our Tampa Child Custody & Child Support Attorney

Having difficulty getting your former spouse to comply with a court order? You may benefit from seeking the help of an experienced Tampa child custody lawyer from the Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo. Any violation of the orders of your settlement agreement is a matter for the courts, and you should not have to struggle alone with an uncooperative ex-spouse. When a former husband or wife has infringed on your rights, they should be held accountable and made to fulfill their legal obligations.

Among the most common situations requiring enforcement of a court order is when an ex-husband becomes delinquent in his payments for spousal support or child support. Another common example is relocation, when the parent who has primary child custody attempts to move out of state or otherwise violates the non-custodial parent's visitation rights.

The Consequences of Non-Compliance

When an ex-spouse fails to uphold the terms of your child custody or child support settlements, you can file a “Motion to Enforce.” You would formally ask the courts to assist you; if your ex does not obey the orders, he or she may be faced with penalties. You may even choose to file “Motion for Contempt.” Any failure to maintain the legal duty to pay can lead to a charge of contempt of court and penalties such as wage garnishment, driver's license suspension or even jail time.

Courts may also issue the following orders if your ex is not complying:

  • Pay for your court and attorney fees incurred
  • Commit to community service hours
  • Attend court-approved parenting classes
  • Declare your ex to be in “contempt of court”
  • Modify the terms of your agreements

Some parents choose not to continue making their child support or child custody payments out of retaliation against their spouses. This is simply not worth it. It hurts their pockets and can leave them liable for penalties under the law. Most importantly, it hurts the children, who are not able to receive the financial assistance that they need. We urge you to seek legal advice from our Tampa child support attorney can protect your legal rights and do what is right for your children.

20+ Years of Sound Legal Advocacy

You probably expected to see the fights and arguments end when your divorce was finalized. It can be highly stressful to face your ex-spouse in any circumstance, and emotions often run high in confrontations over court order violations.

At Law Offices of Manuel Fajardo, we want to help you through this situation with a minimum of upset and delay. We will represent you against your former partner in any negotiations, and we have the experience to argue effectively in court on your behalf. We can also help you seek a legal modification of a court order that has become impossible to follow. Our goal is to assist you resolve this issue effectively so that you don't have to worry about violations of your rights in the future. We offer a free case evaluation, and our services are available in Spanish.

Contact a Tampa child custody lawyer from our firm to make sure that you are properly defended.

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