Enforcement of Alimony, Child Support or Custody Orders in Florida

In Florida, enforcement refers to the legal means of addressing civil non-compliance with a court order. In family law, this may include non-payment of court-ordered child support and alimony or anything that is considered to be interfering with the execution of a court’s prior ruling.
Bringing a court order of enforcement for a “civil” issue, such as child custody, requires filing a motion of Civil Contempt. Here, your legal team will assist you in explaining the ways the other party is currently negligent in response to the court-ordered ruling.
Regarding situations of default alimony or child support payments, an Enforcement filing uses all legal tools available to recuperate payment, including:

  • Arrest warrants
  • Liens
  • Contempt of court
  • Garnishing income
  • Interception or seizure of assets
  • Suspension of driver license and registration
  • Suspension of business, professional and recreational licenses

Whether due to changes in circumstances affecting their ability to follow court orders or because they willfully choose not to follow the order, people don’t always follow through on their commitments. Florida laws provide a remedy for the enforcement of child or spousal support orders that go into unexcused default as well as for the enforcement of child custody/parenting plans that have been violated.

Our Attorneys Advise Clients on Either Side of Enforcement Proceedings

If you have questions about falling behind on your child support payments or you need assistance enforcing a court order for alimony after the divorce is final, our Boca Raton order enforcement lawyers at Brodie & Friedman, P.A., can advise you of your rights and options. Call 561-392-5100 or contact our family law firm online to arrange a consultation.

Alimony and Child Support Enforcement

Our attorneys represent clients who need help enforcing a child support or alimony order as well as individuals who are facing enforcement and contempt actions for failure to pay support.

Falling behind on payments?

If you go into arrears on your child support or alimony payments, you will probably get a reasonable chance to bring them current. If you don’t take full advantage of the opportunity, however, you could face serious consequences that could follow you for years. Failure to pay child support or alimony without a solid excuse is treated as a contempt of court, which can land you in jail. While our South Florida child support enforcement lawyers can work with you to help avoid the worst potential consequences of contempt, it is better to address financial concerns affecting your ability to pay before the problem gets out of hand. We can assist you with a request to modify court orders for support.

Need help enforcing support orders?

If you go into arrears on your child support or alimony payments, you will probably get a reasonable chance to bring them current. If you don’t take full advantage of the opportunity, however, you could face serious consequences that could follow you for years. Failure to pay child support or alimony without a solid excuse is treated as a contempt of court, which can land you in jail. While our South Florida child support enforcement lawyers can work with you to help avoid the worst potential consequences of contempt, it is better to address financial concerns affecting your ability to pay before the problem gets out of hand. We can assist you with a request to modify court orders for support.

Effective Guidance With Parenting Plan Enforcement

Both parents have the right to share meaningful relationships with their children. When time-sharing is denied, it affects both the parent and the child. Our attorneys at Brodie & Friedman, P.A., handle parenting plan enforcement cases involving:

  • Parents who wrongfully deny visitation rights/time-sharing rights
  • Parents who repeatedly refuse to take part in parental time-sharing
  • Parents who choose to relocate with the child without prior consent or court approval

We are adept at negotiating solutions, such as a change in time-sharing to better accommodate the needs of the parents and the children, and we offer experienced advocacy in court to enforce the existing order.
Our Family Law Practice proudly serves the communities of Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Martin County.
Contact Brodie & Friedman, P.A. today to discuss consultation—even though we may never need to take your case to court, our ability to do so from a position of strength brings immeasurable influence to negotiations across a range of disputed marital issues.