I went to court and successfully (pro-se) won the judgment that my "X" should pay his portion of our daughters college expenses. I laid out the amount due and he was ordered to pay me installments IN HAND on the 15th of every month starting this month (as well as provide proof of life insurance for our daughter), neither which has happened as of today, April 17. The judge specifically said to him that he shouldn't mail it on the 14th as it needs to be in my possession on the 15th.
My order reads (in part) "In the event the defendant defaults on a payment, the Plaintiff may make an expert application to the court to have the outstanding balance reduced to a judgment."
You were lucky that you were able to win on a pro-se basis. You need to retain counsel to represent you. Although you can bring an enforcement motion, your ex-husband will be given notice of it. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is by retaining an experienced matrimonial attorney. Use AVVO's Find a Lawyer tool to select a qualified attorney. Good luck.
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The judge probably gave you permission to file an "ex parte" application to have the outstanding balance reduced to a judgment. When the amount is reduced to judgment, you can enforce it against him by attaching it to any property he may have or by garnishing his wages. That means that you can apply to the court directly (without serving your ex) and have the court reduce the amount owed to a judgment. If you have any questions as to how to do that, you should consult with an experienced attorney.
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