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Spousal Support: What Happens If Someone Doesn’t Pay?

what happens if someone doesn't pay spousal support ordered by the courtDivorce can be an emotional roller-coaster ride. Even under the best of circumstances, problems arise. This can be true even after families finalize their divorce. Often, problems are related to finances, especially in cases that involve spousal support.

When this happens, you need to work with an attorney who has experience dealing with post-divorce issues including alimony and spousal support.

What do you need to know about spousal support and what happens if payments aren’t made?

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support is awarded to balance out the earning capacity of both parties. It ensures the transition from married to single life is smooth. It isn’t meant to be punitive and it usually isn’t permanent.

You can learn even more about how it works in Florida, including recent changes, at the official site of the Florida State Legislature.

Despite the sensible intention of spousal support, it’s often one of the most hotly contested issues in a divorce. For some divorced couples, it continues to cause problems after the divorce arrangement is finalized.

Consequences of Not Paying Spousal Support

If the person ordered to pay spousal support fails, they could face financial consequences and in extreme cases, jail time. Missed payment(s) could qualify as contempt of court. This can result in fines, interest, and even community service.

If someone fails to make payments for an extended period, the court may issue a warrant for their arrest.

Legal Action

If your ex-partner doesn’t meet their spousal support obligations, you have the right to take legal action.

With the assistance of an attorney, you can ask the court to issue a wage garnishment order or use property liens. In severe cases, asking your lawyer to file a petition for contempt of court is an option.

Consulting a family law attorney will help you determine your rights and options to ensure you receive the payments you are legally entitled to.

Emotional Toll

The financial implications of failing to receive spousal support are clear, but the emotional toll can be even more challenging. It is essential to look after yourself through this process and ensure you have the support of trusted family and friends to help you through difficult times.

Divorce is challenging for all involved. The financial implications of spousal support non-payment can add another layer of stress. It’s essential to know your rights and the potential legal consequences of your ex-partner not meeting their financial obligations. This way you can contact your attorney and take action if you find yourself in this position.

If you have questions or you’d like to speak to someone about any other divorce issue, contact Geller Family Law at (813) 405-1509.

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