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Enforcement. The Civil Contempt Conundrum

September 1, 2012 by in Articles

Notably absent from this power, though, is the Court’s ability to coerce compliance with its equitable distribution awards. This discrepancy serves as an arguable “flaw in the system,” on which creates a double standard and all but promotes a party unsatisfied with their oblications pursuant to an equitable distribution award to simply ignore it, while essentially forcing the recipient of that award to incur further legal fees and endure more litigation at a time when the litigation was intended to cease. It kicks a critical element of Family Law Court, relegating the obligee to be the “cat” and the obligor “mouse” in a chase for equity.

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