Resolving failure to pay child support, spousal maintenance or enforce child custody (legal decision making or parenting time) in Tempe, Mesa and the East Valley
What do you do when your former spouse fails to pay the child support or spousal maintenance? At the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C., we work with clients involved with Arizona cases when an order of child support or spousal maintenance goes underpaid or unpaid or when a parent violates the terms of a parenting time arrangement. Contact us in Chandler if you have questions about the enforcement process, whether you’re the one who needs to get paid, or instead you need to find a way to cure defaults and avoid serious penalties.
If you fail to pay court ordered child support or spousal maintenance, you are exposed to the risk of contempt sanctions. This could mean jail time, loss of a driver’s license, wage garnishment, seizure of bank balances or any combination of the above, including paying the other side’s attorney fees.
If you are the person who needs to receive the court ordered child support or spousal maintenance we know how to get the attention of the party in default. While your goal is normally to get you paid rather than to punish the other person, we can put into motion the processes that will end up in a contempt order if a satisfactory outcome cannot be achieved along the way. Courts take their orders seriously; if you are not receiving your court ordered child support or spousal maintenance, call us to make an appointment to discuss enforcement.
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Likewise, if you need advice about defending charges that could expose you to the risk of contempt sanctions, you should meet with a lawyer as soon as possible. No one wants to face the Court when they are in continuing, unexcused violations of a support or parenting time order. No one should face the Court alone; while legal representation cannot guarantee that you won’t be sanctioned if you fail to pay, you run the risk that any good reasons for your failure to pay will go unmentioned without legal representation. Having Legal advice early enough, can possibly head off exposure to the worst possible sanctions while making realistic arrangements to cure arrearages. Another option is to move for modification of the current child support or alimony order to show that it is no longer possible to perform the commitments in their present form. As an attorney practicing in this area for over three decades, Ms. Palmer is familiar with what can be done to prevent or reduce any exposure that you have because you have failed to comply with a court order.
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Whether you need to collect unpaid child support, spousal maintenance or explain recent lapses in your parenting time performance, Phoenix divorce lawyer Janice Palmer can help you with your enforcement matter. For additional information, contact the Law Offices of Janice M. Palmer, P.C.