Q: How can I assure my ex pays me the $15,000 he promised to pay after sale of house?
The divorce decree states my ex must pay me $15,000 from sale of property. However, it does not specify when he has to pay this money following the sale of the house. The property just sold and I'm being asked to sign away ownership. How do I assure he pays?
A: To provide a thorough answer I would have to review the Divorce Decree and Court Order approving the Agreement between you and your ex-Husband. Most Agreements as part of the dissolution of a marriage will specify exact date(s) when some event must occur. For example, in a case involving minor children with child support to be paid, the agreement will state "the non-custodial parent will pay the custodial parent $_____________ in monthly child support not later then the first day of each month." If that doesn't happen, the custodial parent will find it far easier to prove that to a family court judge in a hearing for contempt of a court order. In this case, your agreement should have stated a " upon sale of the house and not later than or by___________day of ___________month, 2020, husband will pay wife $15,000.00. You need to consult your attorney or an attorney of your choosing in this matter. Please do not construe this answer as my representation of your case, but only as a general answer to this type of question. Again, consult an attorney. Good luck.
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