Asserting Your Rights by Enforcing Your Orders
What do you do if the other party refuses to follow these orders?
IntroductionIf you've been through a divorce or paternity action you know that at the end of the litigation you end up with court orders telling you and the other party what you can and cannot do. These orders affect issues such as parenting time, child support, and spousal support. But what do you do if the other party refuses to follow these orders?
EnforcementUnfortunately, this happens often. Even more unfortunate, however, is that many people don't understand their rights or how to assert them. If the other party refuses or fails to comply with a court order, you can file an "enforcement" action. This action tells the court that the other party is not doing something they are obligated to do according to the court orders (or vice versa) and that you want the court to force them to comply. In some cases (specifically support related cases) the court can find the non-complying party in contempt and order additional remedies such as attorney's fees or even incarceration.
ConclusionEnforcing court orders is important not only because it forces the other party to do the right thing, but also because it shows that you know your rights and are willing to enforce them. If you think you have an enforcement issue, contact Berkshire Law Office to set up a consultation.