WiseGuy, who is familiar with the wily ways of Mr. X, asked after the last show and tell post: If X does not cough up, will the court force him to?
I don’t know if this would be a part of the Rid.dle Ripple Effect™ or not (probably just the straight Ripple Effect, no?).
I asked this very question of my attorney, who has a very frat boy/WASPy/old money sounding name. That is, it sounds kind of silly (when I’ve told people his name, they have to ask me again what it is, and then say, “Really?”), but at the same time, you can kind of picture him kickin’ back on the yacht in a Ralph Lauren ad. Let’s say it’s “Biff.” (It’s not, but that’s kind of fun, too.) He also comes highly recommended. But I digress. So I asked my attorney, Biff, this question, and he was a little obtuse about the whole issue, like, “Of course, he’ll pay, the court told him to, duh.” And I just kept asking, “But just play along with me here, Biff, what if he doesn’t?” So after a while of this, Biff finally told me that basically X would be in contempt of court and if he showed back up in the state where the divorce is happening (neither of us are there now), he would be arrested. The catch is: he’s going to “have to” show up for mediation and possibly the court date also (when the divorce is decided, because, let’s face it, it’s unlikely that he will be willing to mediate much). Biff doesn’t think he’s stupid enough not to pay the money. I think he won’t pay the money and then just won’t show up. Biff said if that happens, then he’ll lose out on anything he wants in the divorce settlement. Really, there isn’t much to ask for, I don’t think, once the money pit house is out of the way (and that’s a WHOLE other operetta, don’tgetmestarted) .
So to answer the wise WiseGuy: the court will try to, but I don’t think they really can.
I am looking at the whole court order thing the way another commenter, Luna, put it: I DO hope you get to see this money, but at least you can feel justified in the meantime that this will hang over him.
Yes. There may be an entire state he needs to avoid anyway. We’ll see.
Maybe Biff and I should post bets. Do you think he would gamble his fees on this one?