If you have been awarded rehabilitative alimony for a period of time or permanent alimony, you may wonder how you will receive the spousal support payments and what you can do if your spouse does not make payments as ordered.
When spousal maintenance, i.e., alimony, is ordered by the court, often times the state will issue a withholding order to a paying spouse’s employer, which directs the employer to deduct the spousal support amount out of the employee’s paycheck and route the funds to the recipient for the prescribed period of time.
If a paying spouse does not want to get tangled-up with making court ordered monthly payments that typically run over a period of months or even years, they may elect to pay the alimony in a lump sum if they have the financial means or even trade valuable property in exchange for removing the alimony requirement.
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When a spouse is self-employed or a seasonal worker, it may not be possible to set up a payroll deduction through an employer. Under these circumstances, if your spouse fails to keep up with payments, many wonder what they can do. In cases where your ex fails to pay alimony, or child support for that matter, your attorney can return to court to have the order enforced, which may subject the payor to fines, garnishment of bank accounts, interception of tax refunds, or even charges that could lead to more severe consequences. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the Wisconsin family law attorneys at Probst Law Offices for answers at 414-210-3135.