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Alabama courts are hesitant to incarcerate a defendant in a civil matter. Only when you can establish a pattern of disobedience to court orders will a court consider such a penalty.
However, you do have access to court tools and powers to compel the judgment-debtor to respond.
The first is a "discovery in aid of execution". This is where the court gives you the power to send demands for documents and information from the person. The person is required to respond truthfully. If they don't, then you can then seek to compel. If the person still doesn't respond, then the court will begin to consider sanctions such as fines and/or jail.
The clerk of court usually has the forms and instructions to file and serve your aid in execution requests. Usually, this involves "interrogatories" or written questions that must be answered under oath. You can ask questions such as where the person works, banks, what assets they have and where they are located, etc.
You can then get a "writ of execution" to levy/seize those assets (e.g. freeze and garnish a bank account).
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But, by undertaking the discovery request process you do three things:
1) you keep the pressure on him
2) you force him to either respond or not, setting the stage for your motion to compel
3) you put him in position of having to supplement his responses should his situation change. If he does gain assets or become employed and he does not inform you of the fact, you, again, set the stage for a motion to compel.
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