The vast majority of parents willingly contribute to the financial care of their children, but court-ordered alimony is also a legal obligation that must be taken seriously. A failure to pay can have significant consequences.
The original court order regarding alimony was made based on the facts and circumstances surrounding the parents’ economic situation. If some material change of circumstance has occurred, a request may be made for a temporary or permanent modification or a termination if warranted. A change in employment with lower income is a common example. In some situations, the parents can mutually agree to the modification, but experienced Connecticut family lawyers will emphasize the need to get that agreement in writing and go to court and have the judge authorize it.
If the individual has the resources to pay but nonetheless refuses, there are several legal sanctions that may be taken:
If some change of circumstance has occurred, it is important to act quickly and seek a court hearing before an enforcement action is instituted by the other parent.
To determine if some change of circumstance may have an impact on your alimony obligation, call Piazza, Simmons & Grant LLC, Connecticut family lawyers, at (203) 348-2465.