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I have been ordered to pay maintence to my ex-wife to pay off her debts...the maintenence

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I have been ordered to pay maintence to my ex-wife to pay off her debts...the maintenence is rougly 50% of my salary can i stop paying ....what would the penalties be.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  GeorgetownLawyr replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I'm sorry...civil attorney. she told be I would go to jail and have my wages garnished because the maintenence agreement was signed by a judge...even though I was never notified about the court proceeding.
Expert:  GeorgetownLawyr replied 4 years ago.
if you didn't know about the divorce, when did you find out? why didn't you appeal the decision?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
We went to a mediator and I signed the papers agreeing to the payments because I wanted a divorce from her without the arguements,,,so I agreed to the debt. After being seperated she continued to ask me to come back and I did. We lived together again and she told me she called off the divorce. After a few months together we again decided it wasn't working out and she called her attorney. The original papers I signed at mediation were presented for the final divorce degree. I was never notified about a court date. She just told me the divorce was final.
Expert:  GeorgetownLawyr replied 4 years ago.
Ok, that's because you had already agreed to the payments and the divorce had not been withdrawn. in any event, if you fail to pay she can file a motion for contempt with the court. there will be a hearing and the judge can hold you in contempt which may include fines and or jail time. If you cannot play because you have a change in circumstances you should file a motion to modify the payments and the judge may reduce the payments. It is better to attempt to modify rather than to just stop paying. I hope this helps clarify.

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