How do I get my ex to reimburse me for delinquent taxes that I paid?

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How do I get my ex to reimburse me for delinquent taxes that I paid?

In our divorce decree we were ordered to pay a portion of delinquent taxes owed.

I paid my portion. He did not. When I filed my taxes the IRS took my refund and

put it toward what was owed. How do I get him to pay me back?

Asked on July 2, 2018 under Family Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The attorney is right, in that the mechanism to enforce is a motion to enforce the decree, whcih is a court order. Divorce decrees are legally enforceable, the same as any other court order. If he did not honor the decree, you can make a motion for the court to sanction (punish) him, such as with fines or potentially imprisonment, unless he fulfills his obligation. Unfortunately, a motion is the correct legal mechanism to enforce the decree; fortunately, you are allowed to file this motion yourself if you like. It may be a bit difficult for a layperson, but it's far from impossible, especially since the factual situation is a straighforward one. Download a copy of the court rules and also call the court clerk's office and explain that your ex did not honor the decree and ask for instructions: you should be able to handle this without your attorney.


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