How do I get my ex to pay alimony if I discover he lied about receiving a bonus?

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How do I get my ex to pay alimony if I discover he lied about receiving a bonus?

My ex just admitted that he lied about not receiving a bonus this year. He doesn’t want to pay the $32,000 he owes and wants me to wait until next year. How do I get him to pay what he owes and how can I find out if he shortchanged me last yearvery likely?

Asked on August 9, 2017 under Family Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The only way to force him to pay is by taking him back to court and seeking a court order compelling him to pay the previously ordered or agreed-upon alimony. In the process, if his payment is in any way based or conditioned on the amount he earns (e.g. you get a percentage or share of his income generally or bonus specifically), you can also seek  "discovery" (information and documentation) about his income, to ascertain how much he makes and therefore owes you. Speak to a family law attorney, as you threatened, about doing this; again, a legal action is the *only* way to force him to pay and/or reveal information.


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