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According to Florida case law as of the date of this article, a trial court may award a money judgment for default as a remedy for non-payment of spousal support, although contempt is the usual remedy:

“The remedies available to enforce payment depend on the characterization of the alimony. “Alimony payments [for support], even though they be lump sum payable in installments, are enforceable by contempt proceedings.” English v. Galbreath, 462 So.2d 876, 877 (Fla. 2d DCA 1985) (citing Howell v. Howell, 207 So.2d 507 (Fla. 2d DCA 1968)). Alternatively, a trial court may award a money judgment for default, although contempt is the usual remedy. Robinson v. Robinson, 154 Fla. 464, 18 So.2d 29, 30 (1944) (citing Vinson v. Vinson, 139 Fla. 146, 190 So. 454 (1939)).”

See: Pipitone v. Pipitone, 23 So. 3d 131 – Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 2nd Dist. 2009




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