Orlando Time Sharing, Child Support, Alimony, and Property Transfer Enforcement
Once your divorce has been finalized and approved by the court, the terms of your divorce become legally binding. If your former spouse is failing to meet his or her legal obligations, we can help you seek enforcement through the Florida courts.
Finalizing a divorce takes time and effort for all parties involved. The process is intended to provide the former spouses with certainty as they move forward with the next stages of their lives. This includes certainty as to custody (through time-sharing arrangements and sharing of parental responsibility), finances (through child support and alimony), and ownership of property (through equitable distribution).
As a result, the Florida courts do not take it lightly when one former spouse fails to meet his or her obligations. Through what is known as an “enforcement action,” individuals can seek judicial intervention to compel their former spouses to comply with the terms of their divorce.
Filing an Enforcement Action in Orlando
The attorneys at McMichen, Cinami & Demps have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in divorces and enforcement actions in the greater Orlando, FL area. If you need to enforce the terms of your divorce, we can help you file an enforcement action with the court. Seeking enforcement requires adherence to strict procedures and can become quite complex. Our attorneys will be there with you every step of the way to help you achieve a favorable outcome.
At McMichen, Cinami & Demps, we represent clients in all types of enforcement actions, including:
Time Sharing – As part of your divorce, you and your former spouse should have established a parenting plan that sets out your respective rights regarding custody and visitation (known as “time sharing” in Florida). If your former spouse is not adhering to the terms of your parenting plan, we can help you enforce your parental rights.
Child Support – Court orders regarding child support set out specific monthly payment amounts and clearly specify the date on which support payments should end. If your former spouse has stopped paying child support (or is not paying enough in child support), we can help you enforce his or her obligations.
Spousal Support – Your final divorce decree should also clearly state the terms of any spousal support (alimony) agreed upon between the parties or mandated by the court. Like child support obligations, spousal support obligations can be enforced through the courts.
Failure to Transfer Property – As part of the equitable distribution of property in your divorce, your spouse may have committed to transfer certain property into your name. This could include the family home, vehicles, boats, and any other assets. If your spouse is refusing to cooperate or is not responding to your attempts to transfer property as required under the terms of your divorce, we can go to court to enforce your rights.
Enforcing a Former Spouse’s Obligations After a Divorce
There are a number of different ways that the Florida courts can compel former spouses to adhere to the terms of their divorce. Certain enforcement proceedings can include holding the former spouse in contempt of court – which can lead to jail time and other penalties. Other options include things like wage garnishments, driver’s license suspensions, and other tools that either result in a direct transfer of funds (for child support and alimony) or provide strong incentives to comply.
Defending Against Enforcement Actions in Orlando
In addition to representing former spouses in enforcing custody, child support, alimony, and property transfer rights, our attorneys also regularly defend clients against their former spouses’ enforcement actions. Perhaps your former spouse is overreaching. Or, maybe you have legal justification for failing to comply with the terms of your divorce. Whatever the circumstances may be, we can help you protect yourself in court.
In many cases, individuals are simply no longer able to meet obligations that they undertook months or years in the past. If you lost your job, were forced to relocate, or experienced any other major changes in your life, we may also be able to help you seek to modify the terms of your divorce.
Get Help with Your Enforcement Action – Contact McMichen, Cinami & Demps Today
If you are having issues enforcing or complying with the terms of your divorce, the experienced family law attorneys at McMichen, Cinami & Demps are here to help. Contact us for a confidential assessment of your situation. Call our Orlando, FL offices at (407) 898-2161 or send us a message online today.