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Q: Is Alimony in Arizona enforced as agressively as child support? ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Is Alimony in Arizona enforced as agressively as child support?
Category: Family and Home > Parenting
Asked by: wendell69-ga
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Posted: 10 Nov 2006 03:17 PST
Expires: 10 Dec 2006 03:17 PST
Question ID: 781606
What if you got ordered to pay both and you only paid child support
and not the alimony? Is it enforced like child support? What is the
protocol for Arizonas laws? Also, if I am moving abroad to be
relocated by my company and only paid the child support and not the
alimony, which countries are not in cooperation with Arizona? Also, is
there some guidelines on successfully eluding the alimony with out
garnishment of wages in any country? etc etc.?
Subject: Re: Is Alimony in Arizona enforced as agressively as child support?
Answered By: keystroke-ga on 08 Dec 2006 23:58 PST
Hello wendell69,

Thank you for your question.

Non-payment of alimony would be defiance of a court order.  The spouse
that should be paid could obtain a court judgment for non-payment and
once that is in place, enforcement of the order would be on the same
level as child support.  In addition, court costs and attorney fees
would be added to your alimony bill.  Your wages could be garnished,
your tax refund could be seized.  If you work abroad for an American
company, your wages could still be garnished.  Your employer would be
served a garnishment notice, and that wouldn't reflect too well on you
to your employer, would it?

Anything besides a house, necessary furniture, tools of your trade,
and a vehicle could be seized and sold to satisfy the debt.  Liens can
be placed on any property so that when it is sold, the proceedings go
to satisfy the debt.  This would all show up on your credit report.

Additional income would also be subject to garnishment. A warrant
would most likely be issued for your arrest after you did not show up
at the court date(s) and you would be arrested upon re-entry to the

Wages would be garnished at 25% of disposable income, according to Arizona's laws.

If after all this, it is still difficult to get the money from you, a
collections agency could come into play.  A collections agency only
gets paid if you pay, so they will hound you until they get what
they're after.

You would find yourself up against attorneys and agencies like these:

Bulldog Collections

Now do you really want to do that?  I don't believe that you do. Pay
your debt and save yourself a lot of shame, money and time in the long


"What is a ?support order??"

University of Arizona
Levies and Garnishments

Wage Garnishment in Arizona

Yavapai County- Enforcing Civil Judgments

Search terms:
arizona court judgment garnish
arizona judgment debtor 
arizona court judgment seize property

If you need any additional clarification, let me know and I'll be glad
to assist you.

Subject: Re: Is Alimony in Arizona enforced as agressively as child support?
From: daniel2d-ga on 10 Nov 2006 11:58 PST
Sounds like you are trying to get out of your legal obligation to pay alimony.
Since that is a legal obligation set by the court your ex could go
back to court and have you held in contempt of court.  The court could
then issue an arrest warrant.  When you re-enter the country that
warrant may pop up and you would be arrested at the port of entry.

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