Contempt is short for "contempt of court". This action is initiated by a judge after a show cause hearing.
The person you are pursuing may not have much money either.
You also said the other parent "lives with another person". If the other person has the car, the dish, etc; it does not mean that the other parent owns or controls these things.
Hire a family law attorney without delay and get them to go over your matter with you.
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Filing and prosecuting a contempt is simply not a "do it yourself" job; there are significant numbers of attorneys who don't know how to do it correctly. There are more effective and less costly ways to collect support. Have you contacted the local offices of the state Department of Child Support Services?
This is a collection issue. Very few people have no bank account and no job. Have you set him down and taken his testimonial under oath as to his assets? Whatever he uses to pay his bills can be levied on. If he has a job his wages can be garnished.
DCSS will go after this-- why have you not given them this case?
Contempt is not really family law it is criminal law. It has to be proven he has the ability to pay. Contempt cannot be proven on these facts-- if YOU can't find his income how do you expect a court to do so?
If there really is money and he is hiding it BORROW some money to hire a private investigator to find it. Again-IF there is money you will be able to repay the loan. if there is no money no court order will help. But also again-- DCSS will do this and seize his drivers license and any tax refunds and you won't have to pay them.
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