I filed a motion for attorney fees (family court), and it was allowed, the Judge issued an order that the defendant has to pay the stipulated amount. However, the defendant never paid, so I filed a contempt and the Judge, broke down in installments, again the defendant did not make any payment, then a filed a second contempt. This time the Judge reduces the monthly payment, having January to be the first payment and also scheduled a review hearing for May 20th. The defendant did not make the payment as stipulated and emailed me saying that she will not pay. What should I do in this situation, do I have to wait until May for the review hearing? Since the defendant will not make any payment, how should I proceed?
A third contempt is your option, but as far as dealing with this in P&F Court, I'd just wait until the May 5 hearing.
Since you have a money judgment, another possibility is to pursue a supplementary process case in the District Court where this defendant lives. However, there you may end up with a similar payment plan in the first instance and be faced with the same issue of enforcement. Since you are further down the road with the P&F Ct., I'd wait until May 5 and see if the judge takes stronger action after being ignored twice.
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