My ex owe me over $10k in alimony from our divorce 3 years ago. He has never paid any of the amount and has a job that makes around $80k a year. Is there a way to get him to pay this money on my own without having to go back and paying my lawyer to go to court? My ex is currently buying a house this month and was wondering if there was an option with that also ex. Lien etc.
Collection will depend somewhat on the origin of the order. Because Idaho courts do not order alimony, but rather spousal support, the divorce decree may not have been entered in Idaho, and enforcement may need to be pursued in the original court. As a general rule, courts enforce their own orders through the contempt process. This is an imperfect remedy because the available punishments are fine or jail. To collect money owed, a more effective procedure will be to obtain judgment for the amount owed and commence attaching property and garnishing earnings. Recording an Idaho judgment places a lien on any real property of the judgment debtor. This is not a DIY project. The assistance of experienced family or collection counsel who pratices in the original court will be needed. Be prepared to pay a reasonable fee for such valuable services.
This general information about the law and legal procedure is offered as a public service, and not intended as legal advice in this or any other case.
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