Enforcement of Court Orders
Jacksonville Family Law & Divorce Lawyers You Can Rely On
When a judge signs official orders after a divorce, separation, or other
legal dispute, those orders must be followed unless they are legally modified
or terminated. The court issues custody and support orders with the best
interest of both parties in mind, and ignoring those orders could result
in serious penalties for the noncompliant party. If your ex refuses to
follow court instructions for child support payments, alimony, child custody,
or visitation, our firm can help you take the necessary steps to enforce
the applicable orders.
Our experienced Jacksonville family lawyers at Owenby Law, P.A. know how
difficult it is to deal with a noncompliant ex, especially when finances
or custody issues are on the line. For more than a decade, our firm has
worked tirelessly to advocate for our clients, representing their best
interests in and out of court. We are passionate about providing our clients
with the legal guidance they deserve and we always work as a team to ensure
that each case receives the attention it deserves. If you have an issue
with your court orders, we want to help you.
Understanding Court Orders
Court orders are legally binding instructions set forth by a judge in the
state of Florida or elsewhere. When court orders are issued, all applicable
parties are obligated to follow them, even if they do not agree with the terms.
Court orders are often established for the following reasons:
- Child Support
- Child Custody
- Spousal Support or Alimony
Enforcing Court Orders
If your court orders have continually been ignored, the best solution is
usually to take the issue to the court. The court may take a gentler approach
at first, trying to encourage the delinquent party to comply with the
orders before taking more serious measures. If the negligent party continues
to ignore the order, the court will define the act as a civil contempt issue.
There are several different ways in which the Florida legal system may
deal with ignored court orders. When court-ordered payments, custody orders,
or visitation schedules have been ignored, the wronged party may file
a motion for civil contempt to hold the delinquent party responsible for
In certain cases involving child support payments, Florida Child Support
Enforcement may file the motion on your behalf. In order to file this
motion, you must be able to prove that the child support order was valid,
the child support was unpaid, and that the paying parent has the ability
to pay. Usually, the court will assume that the noncustodial parent can
afford payments unless they can prove otherwise.
Once the motion for civil contempt is filed, the court will hear the issue.
If the judge decides to take action, he or she may find the delinquent
party in contempt of court. The court may fine the delinquent party, intercept
tax incomes, withhold income payments, place liens on vehicles or personal
property, or intercept workers’ compensation funds. In more serious
cases, the court might even hold the offending party in jail, revoke their
driver’s license, suspend their professional license, or freeze
Let Our Firm Help
If your ex-spouse or co-parent refuses to abide by court orders, our firm
wants to help you fight for what you are entitled to by law. We understand
how traumatizing it can be to have your child custody or visitation orders
ignored, and we know the frustration that comes with missed support payments.
If your court orders are being ignored, we can help you file a motion
with the court to hold the noncompliant party responsible.
To learn more about enforcing court orders, contact Owenby Law, P.A.
for legal assistance.