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Ex husband has failed to make mandatory house payments and

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Ex husband has failed to make mandatory house payments and I have received eviction notices in the past. He is behind again and I am worried it will happen again. Is it possible to have the court redirect the payment to the court. This amount is alimony and child support.
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I am very sorry for your situation. In such a matter, individuals in your situation may wish to file what is known as a "contempt" matter. You see, while he caught up in the end, he was still not following the decree and this caused you harm. Only then did he make the payment, and now, he is behind again.

Contempt is how someone enforces an order in Florida. Otherwise, the order from the Court is just a sheet of paper. Contempt carries with it admonishment, fines, order to pay for your costs in bringing the motion, and even jail for continuous/brazen/malicious contempt.

You can find the motion itself and the step by step guide on how to file it and what to expect here.

You'd file this, serve him, and have a hearing on it. Judges do not take too kindly to individuals not following their orders, and he may be threatened with a jail cell and ordered - warned - to make payment and do whatever is necessary to catch up, or else.

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