Okay. But what was the hearing on July 3, 2003?
The separation agreement that was signed by my spouse in 1/2003 and was later incorporated into the divorce (divorce by default judgment because my spouse didn't respond) states that I'm to receive $300 a month in spousal support per mth for 5 years beginning in 2/2003.
I have not received anything to date in spousal support from my ex-husband in terms of spousal support, only the child support.
You chose not to pursue the spousal support order and therefore it was dismissed? Well if the spousal support order was dismissed then your ex does NOT owe you spousal support.
On 7/3/2003 was the court appearance for the spousal support order and it was dismissed because I chose not to pursue it because I had no attorney.
Yes but if it was dismissed then it means nothing. SO therefore even though you have an attorney now you have issues. Now if what was dismissed was a contempt hearing because you did not have an attorney then you can pursue contempt. HOWEVER we need to know exactly what the hearing was.
Now I would like to go after this (and collect arrearages and payments that are due me for the 5 years which equals $18,000) since I do have an attorney now and it's in my separation agreement which was incorporated into my divorce decree by default judgment
ONly if it was not dismissed.
Isn't that an order or judgment since it's stated in the divorce / separation agreement?
If you don't have a current order you have no standing to file for a new order.
Or do I have to file for a new order / judgment?
Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
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