For many divorcing couples in Tennessee, the entry of the order and decree ending the marriage is the final step. Unfortunately, some divorced spouses do not always obey these orders, especially where payment of alimony and child support is concerned. State law provides a number of remedies, but most require a court order or an order from the state commissioner of human services. In this post, we will provide a summary of the most common enforcement remedies.
Perhaps the most frequent remedy is a court order directing the payment of delinquent alimony and child support upon pain of a jail sentence for non-compliance. The court can also enforce its order by sequestering income and rents from real estate and applying these funds to both past and future alimony payments. In both cases, the spouse seeking the recovery of delinquent payments is entitled to recover attorneys' fees from the other spouse.