West Des Moines Attorneys Help Enforce and Modify Support Orders
Post-divorce representation that safeguards your finances
At the Hope Law Firm, P.L.C., we work diligently to secure a divorce settlement or judgment that addresses your needs. In time, however, your needs may change. If you are obligated to pay certain amounts in alimony and child support, you may suffer financial losses that make those payments unfairly burdensome. On the other hand, if you’re dependent on those payments, any interruption in support can cause hardship. The Hope Law Firm represents payers and recipients of support in post-judgment actions to modify or enforce support orders.
Remedies for unpaid child support in Iowa
When noncustodial parents have the means to pay their child support obligations, but fail to do so, they face serious legal consequences. The court is empowered to order numerous collection procedures, including:
- Garnishing wages
- Seizing assets in bank accounts
- Intercepting tax refunds and lottery winnings
- Suspending professional licenses and driver licenses
- Incarcerating for contempt of court
The court is rarely interested in why a person of means has not paid child support. Parents who feel entitled to withhold child support because the custodial parent is interfering with visitation only make themselves look unreasonable in the eyes of the court. The best remedy for these parents is an enforcement of their visitation rights.
Parents who experience financial setbacks that make it difficult to pay the required amount may be able to get a modification of their support order. But they must act as soon as possible to get a new order; a court will not waive unpaid support that has accumulated due to the setback.
Terminating alimony in Iowa when a recipient spouse cohabits
Traditional and rehabilitative alimony terminate automatically when either spouse dies or the recipient spouse remarries. However, now that cohabitation is more acceptable, many recipients opt not to marry so they can receive alimony even when supported by another adult with whom they live. In this situation, payment of alimony actually creates financial inequity, rather than curing it. Although the law does not allow for an automatic termination of alimony when the recipient cohabits, it may provide the “substantial change” of circumstances the payer needs to petition for a modification of spousal support or a complete termination. (Please note that reimbursement alimony only ends when the debt is repaid, and even survives the death of either spouse.)
Trust the Hope Law Firm for quality representation in post-divorce controversies
At the Hope Law Firm, P.L.C., we believe in giving our family law clients the help they need, whenever they need it. As your needs change, we’re here to support you with quality court advocacy. Call us at 515-255-3559 or contact our West Des Moines office online to schedule an appointment.