Asked in Divorce for Virginia

Q: If divorced from another state and now living in two different states, can a Virginia lawyer help with unpaid alimony?

My in-laws divorced from Kentucky. My father-in-law lives in California and my mother-in-law now lives with us in Virginia. My father-in-law reduced court ordered payments soon after the divorce and now doesn’t pay at all even though my mother-in-law brought him back to court before leaving Kentucky. Can she get help from a lawyer in Virginia? Can my father-in-law be made to pay back alimony even though he lives in California?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Michael Christopher Miller

Answered
  • Vienna, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You need to go to the state where the payor resides to enforce the order.

Only Kentucky, the state that ordered spousal support, can modify the order.

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