Failure of a party to comply with an order of the court can have a number of consequences, and the party wishing to enforce a decree has various methods in which to do so. The method of enforcement depends on the nature of the court order.
Judgments for child support and maintenance are money judgments, and the same methods available to creditors against debtors apply, including levy on property and garnishment of wages and bank accounts.
Also, an action for contempt of court can be used to enforce judgments for property division, child support and maintenance (including non-money awards). In such actions, the court may order delivery of the property or money, assess a fine, or place the contempt party in jail for a specified period of time.
An action for contempt of court may also be used to enforce a judgment for custody and visitation.
Your divorce, custody or support order can't help you or your children if your former partner is not complying. Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman has years of experience making sure Missouri family court orders are enforced. Contact us today to talk about how we can help in your case.