What happens when there’s a failure to pay alimony?

When a couple’s marriage comes to an end, the chances are high that one spouse will have to pay support to the other. In Illinois, the consequences for the failure to pay alimony can be severe if the payor is in default for several months or more. If payors know they’re going to miss a payment, the best thing to do is to notify the payees as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements. Restitution should be made for any payments missed.

There are times when alimony payments aren’t made simply because the payor forgets. In these cases, the payor could voluntarily have his or her wages garnished, the sum of which would go to the payee. By the same token, either the payor or payee can ask the court to set up a garnishment schedule.

If the payor has fallen on hard times and just doesn’t have the money to make alimony payments, he or she could ask the payee for a modification to the payments. Some agreements, however, can’t be modified. The payor or payee could also ask the court for an alimony modification.

Failure to pay alimony in Illinois could result in fines, a contempt of court charge, the loss of a driver’s license, loss of property and other assets, and even jail time, among others. Deliberately refusing to pay could severely impact the lives of the payor and the payee. When in doubt, speaking to an attorney about the options available regarding alimony payments might be a wise step.

Read Our

Recent Blogs

2023 Super Lawyers List Features Three Butler, Giraudo & Meister Attorneys

Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. is proud to announce that Super Lawyers has recognized Attorneys Kelly R. Giraudo, Tamara A. Meister, and Kayla M.…

Read More
What Are The Best Ways To Save Money During A Divorce In IL?

The financial side of the divorce process can often be daunting for spouses. A person's financial status after a divorce is typically much different…

Read More
Can I Revise My Initial Prenuptial Agreement In Illinois?

There's a common misconception that prenups are only for high-net-worth couples, but any married couple can benefit from a prenuptial agreement. Spouses can protect…

Read More

Contact Us Today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.