In the state of Michigan, a spouse can be awarded alimony as a condition of the divorce. If you are worried that your ex will not fulfill his or her obligation to pay, there are steps you can take to help ensure you get what you are owed. Be sure to work with an attorney to obtain a court order for spousal support. You will want to present a valid case for why you are owed this financial obligation, and once a judge signs off on it, you will have recourse should your spouse angrily decide to ignore the order.
There are a few reasons why ex-spouses may fail to fulfill their obligation to pay. One could be anger and hostility at the divorce in general or at the fact that they are ordered to provide an ex with any support after they are divorced. Another may be financial reasons or remarriage and new spouses who disapproves of their lingering tie to their ex.
Another way to help collect on the spousal obligations owed is to place a lien on property spouses retained in the marriage. This means that you can ask the court to grant you permission to take the property as collateral to fulfill their obligation. Keep in mind that if this property is a home or some sort of retirement account, you may not be able to do much with either until the home is sold or the ex is fired or retired.
Spouses owed alimony can petition the court to hold the ex in contempt for not paying the support. The court can even arrange it with the ex-spouse's employer to have spousal support automatically deducted and sent from each paycheck. This will take the worry and wonder out of how much and how often your ex will decide to pay. With a court order in hand regarding the payments, if your ex does not pay, he or she can be arrested for contempt.
A Michigan family law attorney can play a useful role in arranging matters with the court and may be able to further ensure you always receive the support you need from your ex.