Court orders are an important part of any case, but especially those concerning the collection of a contractual debt, child support, or alimony. A court order mandates the behavior, actions, or payment of one party during and after a case. However, sometimes people do not obey the terms set forth in court orders, and enforcement procedures are necessary to ensure compliance. If you are in a situation in which payment is not being made to you despite the existence of a court order, hiring an experienced attorney is your best chance at recovery. Call or contact a lawyer in your area today to learn more about the wide scope of legal options available to you to enforce a court order.
Methods of Enforcement
Depending on the type of court order, there are a number of methods to enforce compliance through the court. For debt collection and support orders, the court can withhold a portion of the violator’s paycheck to go directly to the petitioner. The court can also intercept federal and state tax returns in addition to any lottery winnings that the violator is entitled to in order to pay off any outstanding debts. Passports can be revoked, professional licenses suspended, and the violator can even be found in contempt of court for failure to obey a court order in a case. Contempt of court comes with accruing fines and even jail time until the violator agrees to comply with a court order. In addition to enforcing the court order for payment, the violator may also be ordered to pay the attorneys’ fees of the petitioner that was incurred to enforce payment on an existing order.
How an Attorney can Help
An attorney can be helpful in a number of ways when it comes to enforcing court orders. First, hiring a lawyer takes the additional stress of a court case off of your shoulders. You are already dealing with the financial and emotional strain of the violator’s failure to comply with an existing court order and do not need the additional concerns. This allows you to focus on what is most important, such as your family, business, and personal affairs. A lawyer also has experience with these types of cases and knows how to enforce a court order quickly to get you the relief you need. The attorney files the paperwork with the court, handles the court hearing, and submits any evidence, such as the original court order and documentation showing the refusal to pay, needed to convince the court to begin enforcement methods against the violator until the debt is paid.
Call or Contact a Lawyer Today
Despite the existence of a court order, some people still refuse to comply with the law. When this occurs, you need an experienced attorney by your side to enforce the orders of the court. Call or contact us to learn more about the specifics of your case.