Enforcement & Contempt of Divorce Decrees

Enforcement of Family Law Orders in Tennessee

Often, the conflict that led to a divorce continues even after the final divorce decree is signed.

It can be emotionally exhausting when your fights with your ex-spouse continue even though you have a formal and finalized divorce decree.

It is important to know that your divorce decree — and all related orders regarding child support, child custody, visitation and alimony — are formal legal judgments that can be enforced if either spouse does not follow the order.

It is also important to know that the penalties for failing to comply with the provisions of a divorce decree or related family law order can be extremely serious. For example, in Tennessee you can lose your driver's license if you fail to pay child support.

The Law Office of Charles Rich represents Memphis-area residents in all types of family law disputes, including enforcement of divorce decrees and related family law orders. We are available to help file an enforcement action or defend against an enforcement action filed against you.

Our office is led by attorney Charles Rich, who has more than 30 years' experience as a family lawyer in Memphis. Over his three decades of legal practice, Mr. Rich has handled a wide variety of family law enforcement actions. Our office represents husbands or wives in issues like:

  • Refusal to pay child support or medical bills for the children
  • Refusal to comply with a visitation schedule
  • Failure to pay alimony as ordered by the court

Actions for Contempt of Court

If an ex-spouse refuses to comply with the terms of a divorce decree or related family law order, then you have the option of filing a legal proceeding called an "action for contempt of court."

If you win the contempt of court action, your ex-spouse will be ordered to comply with the original order and may be required to pay your court costs and attorney fees. In cases involving failure to pay child support, there may be additional penalties such as suspension of the parent's driver's license.

Free Consultations and Reasonable Legal Fees

The Law Office of Charles Rich offers all new clients a free initial consultation in a confidential and respectful setting. At our first meeting, we will learn about your specific concerns, give you some information about your various legal options, and make a plan of action.

We take pride in our tradition of offering high-quality legal services in a friendly setting and at reasonable rates.

To schedule an appointment, call 901-323-0890 or send us an e-mail.