When An Ex-Spouse Doesn't Comply With Orders

On occasion, after a divorce finally ends, one party may choose or become unable to fulfill the obligations contained in the Judgment of Divorce. If you are not receiving the child support, maintenance, court-ordered visitation, the property that was set to be distributed in a divorce judgment or stipulation of settlement, you have several options.

Attorney Andrew A. Bokser can guide you through the process of enforcing divorce orders in New York. With offices in Brooklyn and Garden City, he represents clients in enforcement cases throughout the New York City area, including Nassau and Suffolk counties.

What Are My Options If My Ex Isn't Paying Child Support?

If the noncustodial parent owes you child support, you can use free services offered by the New York Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU) for your county. The CSEU has the power to order child support deductions directly from your ex's paycheck. The CSEU can also suspend all licenses of nonpayers, including driver's licenses and professional licenses.

If the noncustodial parent is self-employed, you may need a lawyer's help to file an enforcement action in family court. The family court judge can order your ex jailed if he or she refuses to pay child support.

What If I Am Not Receiving Visitation?

If you are not receiving visitation per your child custody order, the New York family courts have many remedies, including:

  • Make-up time
  • Changing visitation
  • Transferring custody to the aggrieved party
  • Jail time for the custodial parent

The custodial parent cannot suspend visitation because you are behind in child support payments.

Discuss Post-Divorce Enforcement With Family Lawyer Andrew A. Bokser

To discuss the facts of your child support or visitation enforcement case with attorney Andrew A. Bokser at our Brooklyn or Garden City law office, call 718-834-1904 or fill out our contact form. Evening appointments are available.