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Enforce Your Divorce Decree in Utah
Yes, you can enforce your divorce decree in Utah and hold your ex spouse’s feet to the fire when it comes to child support, alimony, parent time, custody, property, or almost anything else ordered in your divorce decree. When the other party is being the bad guy and has simply refused to follow the Judges orders, you have options available to you. One of the most common ways to enforce your divorce decree is through a process called a motion and order to show cause. At Salcido Law Firm, we can help you do it. More information on this process is included below, or you can simply call and speak with a Utah family law attorney at our law firm by calling 801.618.1331.
What is an Order to Show Cause?
An order to show cause in Utah is a court process which allows individuals to enforce their divorce decrees when the other person continues to violate it. These are often brought in cases where one parent is refusing to allow parent time. The individual looking to enforce an issue files a motion for an order to show cause and a hearing is scheduled with the court. The other person is ordered to appear at the hearing and defend themselves. The motion, notice, and order must be filed on the other person and that person is given an opportunity to plead their case to the judge. At the hearing the judge may make an order or schedule an evidentiary hearing if there is justification to do so. If the judge finds the person is violating the decree, he/she may also hold that person in contempt of court, order attorneys fees against the party, and in some cases even require the individual in violation to serve jail time.
Utah Divorce Lawyer – Free Consultation
If you are looking to either enforce your divorce decree or defend yourself from and Order to Show Cause, we can help. We offer free consultations over the phone or in our office and are available by phone anytime at 801.618.1331. Call us today to find out more.