Enforcement of Financial Orders
For some people, sadly, agreeing (or getting the court to order) the division of their assets is not the end of the process but the beginning.
In such cases the most challenging step can be forcing the other person to actually comply with what they agreed or were ordered to do – enforcing it.
There are a range of enforcement options and this is often one of the most difficult areas of family law. A particular challenge is balancing the stress and cost of taking an enforcement step against the likely benefit at the conclusion of the process.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as applying for an attachment of earnings order – an order that money from a person’s wages is paid direct from that person’s employer to the person who is owed money. In others it can involve a “freeze” being put on all the non-payer’s assets so they cannot operate financially until they comply with their financial obligations.
Hall Brown tries to pre-empt or foresee issues such as likely non-payment and put security in place before these issues arise. If, however, this does not work, the team has a high level of experience of a range of enforcement options, from pursuing financial orders for people who have not been paid, through to resisting orders if they are not required.