If I have been put in work release until the purge amount of $2109 is paid for past due alimony, can they now also garnish my paycheck for the same thing?

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If I have been put in work release until the purge amount of $2109 is paid for past due alimony, can they now also garnish my paycheck for the same thing?

Is this legal?

Asked on November 12, 2012 under Family Law, Kansas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

When a spouse refuses or neglect to meet their alimony or child support obligation, the receiving spouse has several enforcement options in Kansas.  One option is to request garnishment of wages.  Another is by filing a request to have the spouse held in contempt.  The goal of both methods is to "encourage" the spouse to fulfill their obligations.  Even though they are both enforcement actions, jail via a contempt motion is not a substitute for payment of the obligation.  Contempt is a punitive tool.  So, to answer your question, "yes", the court can order you jailed per a contempt motion and can also sign an order authorizing the garnishment of your wages. 


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