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Question: I got a divorce about 7 years ago and it stated that my ex owes me some money but he has yet to pay in full. He had since moved to NC and gotten remarried. Can I go after them for the money? The decree doesn't state an expiration for the money to be paid but he refuses to make further payments to me. I also learned that he has recently bought a house. Can I put a lien out and file a document with the court to hold him in contempt for not paying me?

Answer:

If the Judgment Debtor lives in another state you must follow the laws of that state in order to collect the Judgment. The collection laws in Arizona only apply in Arizona.

•You must obtain a certified copy of the Judgment from the Justice Court. There is a fee for certification.

•You must contact the equivalent of our Superior Court in the state where the Judgment Debtor lives, ask how you would "domesticate" your Judgment with that state. In order to start collection process in that state. A.R.S. 12-1702.http://justicecourts.maricopa.gov/HowTo/Collect_Money_Judgment_packet.pdf

For more information about collecting a judgment refer to:
http://justicecourts.maricopa.gov/HowTo/Collect_Money_Judgment_packet.pdf

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  • I got a divorce about 7 years ago and it stated that my ex owes me some money but he has yet to pay in full. He had since moved to NC and gotten remarried. Can I go after them for the money? The decree doesn't state an expiration for the money to be paid but he refuses to make further payments to me. I also learned that he has recently bought a house. Can I put a lien out and file a document with the court to hold him in contempt for not paying me?

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