I can provide the long version, but want to stay relevant. I will summarize without the details that bring me to this question. it will sound awful without the context... but her eit goes.
I got a divorce
in 2010 in NH. I make just over $100k /year. My ex-wife was awarded $2500 a month. She claimed she could not work. However, she is working just fine "off the books". She very capable of working. I have not missed a payment yet. I got all of our joint debt and all of her individual debt in the decree. She also got all the assets of the marriage
... furniture, car, ect. I kept my old truck and my clothes. I was awarded custody of our remaining child as well. Her strategy that she was unstable and crazy made it impossible for the court to give her the kids.
I have since re-married and moved to SC. I have submitted several motions to reconsider the alimony
. i simply cannot afford that much and service over $200K in debt as well. the system has proven to work even worse since i am not face to face in the court room. I have had two lawyers on this case and cannot afford to use either one. In fact ,I owe them too much money to utilize them.
My question is this..."what can be done to me since i am out of state... if i don't pay." I have asked the court and my lawyers this many times and gotten no answer other than this... "you will be found in contempt and a warrant may be issued int he state of NH." How far can the state of NH reach? Can they seize a bank account? taxes? pay check? for alimony alone.
the irony here is that the court does not realize that they are taking this to a a terrible conclusion for my x-wife... the one they are trying to protect. If i am in jail, unemployed, or un-hirable, then there will be NO MONEY for her. I am the only source of income in this situation. I want to do the right thing, but i cannot continue to go in debt to pay my x-wife. in fact, I'm so broke I cant even go into debt further. I cant even get a used car loan, a credit card, or a personal loan. I am up against a wall.
lastly, the court has repeatedly stated "you have found a way to do it for over 5 years now, you can continue to figure it out." I just need to know the REAL penalty so i can weigh my options please.