I have several judgments against my ex-husband which were issued several years ago. He has chosen not to pay them and is self employed, making it tricky to collect. He is now managing his family's trust fund, though when we tried to collect, his father moved him off the trust as it's manager until the court case was over, then renamed him on the trust. My ex husband owns multiple luxury vehicles (in his various company names, so as to be seizure proof) and lives in a property he leases for several thousand dollars a month.. He has over fifty employees working for him. All of this to say, it's pretty easy to see he could pay these judgments and just doesn't want to. Can a Contempt of Court citation do anything to at least punish him? What sort of consequences can be sought?
He sounds like a real piece of work. Yes, you can pursue contempt and that might be the way to force him to pay. You'll need to prove that he has the ability to pay. That can include that he has control of companies or accounts not in his name and has access to funds, or that companies he owns, own cars, etc. that are of value and can be used to pay what he owes. You can also try to garnish his bank accounts, if he has any in his name. Once thing you might do before pursuing the others is to set a deposition of some sort to ask him questions about how he has everything set up. One way to prove income is to show the source - pay checks, bank accts. etc. Another way to prove it is to prove that someone has expenses and thus must have some way to pay them. "where do you live?" "Who is your landlord?" "how much is your rent?" "how did you pay your rent last month?" I don't know how him managing a trust means he has access to funds, but if so, you can subpoena records and info from the trust to get at his source of income. You can also do things to show he owns the businesses (check on the Colorado Secretary of State web site and put in his name and the name of the businesses to see if he's connected). Sounds like an interesting challenge. If you'd like 15 minutes of my time on phone, please feel free to call.
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