How can I collect on my divorce decree for amounts over and above child support?

Question Details:When my ex-husband and I divorced 10 years ago, I asked for my student loans to be paid and a credit card bill. These amounts are part of the signed decree. I have yet to receive any of this money. How do I go about collecting it?

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B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar | FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney Answered 4 years ago

Collecting on a judgment is often the hardest part of the case, for civil lawsuits in general and all too often in divorces.  Chasing this man down may or may not be possible; there's a very good chance that an attorney can more than earn his or her fee on a case like this, if the amount owed is substantial.  After all, two-thirds of something, after attorney's fee takes the other third, is still more than 100% of nothing, or even of half as much "something".

You'll probably have to go to the divorce court, on a motion on notice to the ex-husband, asking for a judgment that you can execute on in due course (such as garnishing his wages).

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