When a divorce is finalized, it should fairly compensate each spouse for their contribution to the marriage, both monetary and non-monetary. Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a way to make sure that both spouses continue to live in approximately the manner to which they had become accustomed during the marriage, while balancing the needs of one spouse with the other’s ability to pay. When there is unequal earning potential or need, spousal support is a critical way to make sure that a former spouse is fairly compensated in light of the circumstances.
Spousal support is either agreed to by the parties or awarded by a judge, and is included as part of a divorce order, making it a legal obligation. When a former spouse does not make alimony payments, they are legally liable for this money, and can be pursued in Court for back payments. There are multiple mechanisms to collect on unpaid spousal support, which can be confusing and difficult for a layperson to understand. Instead of trying to collect on their own, former spouses should work with experienced counsel who can advise them on the range of solutions available. Sometimes a change in circumstances will require an adjustment to the terms of a spousal support award, and counsel can help advise on the rights of the parties to the modification of a spousal support order.
The attorneys at Mullett Dove Meacham & Bradley work with their clients to enforce or modify a spousal support order. We understand the tools available, and we advise our clients on their options. Contact us today for a consultation.