The divorces that occur between Suffolk County residents can be amicable or they can be contentious. The parties to the divorces can stay friends after their marital dissolutions or they can dwell on the problems they experienced with their former spouses for years to come. While some individuals are able to make clean breaks from their exes, others find themselves tied to each other through their children, their property or their support commitments.
Alimony is one such support commitment that can exist between formerly married individuals. Alimony is temporary financial assistance paid from one former spouse to another to provide the receiving spouse with the financial means to start his life over. Often after divorce one spouse finds herself in a financially challenging position because she relied on a marital partner for financial help; alimony levels the monetary field for financially dependent spouses and helps them have fresh starts after their divorces.
However, just as one spouse may be set to receive alimony payments, the other may be asked to make such payments. Individuals may disagree with their courts’ requirements that they pay alimony to their exes. In some cases individuals disagree to such an extent that they simply refuse to make payments their former spouses are expecting as alimony.
Unfortunately for some financially strapped individuals, the failure to pay alimony cannot be remedied as aggressively as can the failure to pay child support. Generally, a person may not get a lien for missed alimony monthly payments, nor may he garnish a payee’s wages to accrue missing alimony amounts. A person who fails to pay court-ordered alimony may find himself facingcontempt charges and the penalties that attach to such allegations
While alimony is often a very helpful tool for a person in the post-divorce world, as a practical matter it is not always received when former spouses refuse to pay. Individuals who should be receiving monthly alimony payments have rights with regard to initiating payment compliance. Those who are missing out on needed alimony assistance may work with their legal representatives to bring their alimony receipts up to date.