After your divorce is completed and orders have been issued, you may have to take steps to enforce the divorce judgment. Judgments or orders are enforceable by the trial court, which has broad discretion to select appropriate enforcement remedies and terms, and, in exercising that discretion, to take the equities of the situation into account.
It is important to note that sometimes a case is not “over” even though you think it is. If the family law court reserved jurisdiction over an issue, another court likely will not hear enforcement proceedings related to the issue that the family law court reserved jurisdiction on. More likely, the enforcement proceeding or motion related to the reserved issue must be taken up in the family law court that originally issued the final order or judgment.
Obtaining a judgment in a divorce or family law case can be challenging. So, too, can be enforcing the judgment. The important thing to remember is that if your former spouse is not complying with the orders of the court, you have options. We can help ensure that the court’s orders are enforced and your interests protected. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation.