My boyfriend was picked up tonight on a warrant for arrears on Alimony. He is behind almost $25K what I going to happen now?
3 attorney answers
the judge will let him out when he pays a certain amount. I don't know what that might be. For one of my clients I think I recall $1200, that was for child support, and on a much smaller total bill. The judge has discretion. If he hasn't paid in a long time, and doesn't have a good reason why, it will be worse for him. But even if he has a good reason, like job loss or illness, he will still have to come up with some money.
There is no fixed rule as to what will happen, other than the arrest warrant. Everyone’s circumstances are different. But, if he has income and assets and has defiantly failed to pay, the judge may make him pay a substantial portion of the arrears just to stay out of jail. Some require 25% of the total, others ask for less or more depending on their feelings about the persons motives, attitude, history, assets and income. Bottom line is there is no fixed formula for this but the judges is not going to be happy with someone who seemingly purposely avoided paying support to a former spouse per court order.
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