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
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
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.