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Lady Justice Statue -  Enforce A Divorce Decree

How Could I Enforce A Divorce Decree In Utah?

Once you have undergone a divorce in Utah, the terms of your separation are legally binding. This means that you and your former spouse are required, by law, to uphold the orders that have been set out by the court — including those related to child support and child custody. If either party fails to abide by the terms of the divorce, the other would have the right to bring this to the attention of the court. From there, a judge could take certain measures to enforce the order. If your ex-spouse has fallen behind on his or her child support payments, for example, the court could hold him or her in contempt until he or she agrees to pay the remaining balance. Simply put, this means that he or she would be subjected to jail time and fines for failing to cooperate. Some of the other ways in which a court could enforce the divorce decree would be to:

  • Intercept his or her income tax refund
  • Garnish his or her wages/withhold income
  • Place a judgment lien on real property
  • Hold him or her in civil contempt

Would I Have To Go To Court To Enforce Child Support/child custody?

In some cases, it may be easier to sit down with your former spouse and resolve the dispute outside of court. If you have given him or her the chance to rectify the situation and he or she still refuses to cooperate, however, it may be necessary to take more aggressive action. At this point, it would be recommended that you speak with a Salt Lake City divorce attorney from the Law Office of David Pedrazas, PLLC, to determine an appropriate course of action. All that we would need you to do is call our office at 801-263-7078 or submit a Legal Case Review form online. From there, our firm can guide you through the subsequent legal process.

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