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Law Educator, Esq.
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We were married 15yrs.we had no children. I have been

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we were married 15yrs.we had no children. I have been divorced 5yrs. when I got divorced I was making $150,000.00 a year. I gave her the house worth $300,000.00+ $100.000.00 in cash and alimony $750.00 a month. I got our summer home in NC worth $200,000.00. I lost my job & went into my own business that failed & has me & my current wife personally in debit for $385,000.00+. I currently have a toddler child with my current wife and a job that pays $90K. Stupidly I stopped paying alimony since 4/2015 without doing a modification. I'm now in contempt for not paying her alimony and forfeited the summer home which after not paying that mortgage which my decree states if I don't pay 3 months is also in contempt as it reverts back to the ex. I must pay her $6K by April & my pay check has been garnished. I can't afford my own lawyer since I have to pay the exes. my exes lawyer has drawn up papers making it sound that I have this money when I can't keep my head above water. WHAT ACTION CAN I TAKE.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
Unfortunately, you cannot change the past due amounts, which you may know already. You would need to file a motion to modify now for future payments but you will have to make arrangements to pay those back payments I am sorry to say. If you begin by filing your motion to modify and then contact the attorney to negotiate a payment plan with the ex's attorney that they will accept, this would help you avoid the added charges for the contempt which he will indeed file. Your payment plan on the arrears has to be reasonable though or you know he will reject your negotiation efforts.
I am afraid those are really your only options. You can seek legal assistance at the local legal aid office as well if you want to try to get legal representation.