Common Types of Post-Judgment Matters:
- Modification: In some cases, circumstances may change significantly after the court has issued a judgment or order. A party may seek a modification of the original judgment to adjust terms related to child custody, child support, spousal support (alimony), or other financial arrangements. The party requesting the modification must demonstrate that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that justifies the requested changes.
- Enforcement: If one party fails to comply with the court’s judgment or order, the other party may seek enforcement through a post-judgment action. For example, if a parent is not paying court-ordered child support, the other parent may file a motion to enforce the child support order and request remedies such as wage garnishment or other enforcement measures.
- Contempt: If a party willfully disobeys a court order, they may be found in contempt of court. Contempt proceedings may be initiated as a post-judgment matter to address non-compliance with court orders and seek appropriate remedies or sanctions.
- Appeal: In certain situations, a party may wish to challenge the court’s final judgment by filing an appeal. This allows a higher court to review the decision and determine if any legal errors were made during the trial or proceedings.
- Resolving Ambiguities: Sometimes, the language or terms of a court order may be unclear or ambiguous. A post-judgment action can be initiated to seek clarification or interpretation of the court’s order.