How do I notify my ex-husband and explain I will take him back to court for back alimony and child support, without having to hire an attorney?

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How do I notify my ex-husband and explain I will take him back to court for back alimony and child support, without having to hire an attorney?

He owes me $2500 a month in alimony dating back to 2005.  He also owes me some child support, $1000 to 1500 total. My house is going into foreclosure and I do not have a car, its in the shop and I don’t have the money to pay for it. I need to go home; I work out-of-state and have no place to live there. I didn’t want to try and collect this money from him because he was so mean and angry and it was difficult to beg, so I chose to stop asking.

Asked on January 6, 2011 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Montana, like all states, has their own division of enforcement of child support orders.  You need to register the order and the back child support with them.  Also, it is most likely that you can sue your ex husband without an attorney in a family court setting and get a judgement for the alimony as well.  If you execute on the judgement then you can garnish his salary.  You should consider doing all of this soon.  And it is my understanding that there is a backlog of cases in the enforcement division so you may want to consider suing him for that as well or instead of using the enforcement division.  Good luck to you.


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