What Can I Do If My Spouse Stops Paying Spousal Support?
At Wagner & Bloch, we understand how essential spousal support payments can be for your family.
Spousal support (previously called alimony) is ordered when the specifics of a case warrant future division of the parties’ incomes.
Spousal support payments can be temporary in nature, while the case is pending, and/or permanent in nature, which continues to be paid after the divorce. The law determines what is appropriate by considering the circumstances of your marriage and other crucial factors, such as age, earning capacity, education, work history, and more.
If a court has granted you the right to receive spousal support, whether by way of a divorce or a negotiated dissolution of your marriage, your former spouse will be court-ordered to pay the amount specified in the court order for a specified period. Sometimes, the party obliged to pay spousal support will fail or refuse to make the required payments. If the party obligated to pay spousal support fails or refuses to make the required payments, you have legal options to consider.
The Next Steps
If your former spouse stops paying court-ordered spousal support, you may need to go back to court for an order of enforcement and/or modification. However, it’s also important to determine why your former spouse has stopped making payments. It is often in your best interest to hire an attorney to guide you through this process and help file a motion for contempt.
Filing a Lawsuit
If your former spouse has stopped paying spousal support, you can take legal action against them. One option is to file a post-decree motion in domestic relations court (family court). During the court hearings, you may explain that you’re not receiving the court-ordered spousal support amount, and the judge may issue a decision for the owed money.
This matter can also be addressed through mediation or negotiation.
In either event, it helps to consult with a skilled attorney for sound legal advice.
Get in Touch with a Cincinnati Family Law Attorney
Matters relating to spousal support payments in Cincinnati are often complex. If your former spouse has stopped paying spousal support, you should seek legal advice from an experienced Cincinnati family law lawyer as soon as possible.
At Wagner & Bloch, we understand how essential spousal support payments can be for your family. We’ll help you navigate the complex legal process to ensure the best outcome possible. Visit our website or call us at (513) 751-4420 to request a consultation.