Legal Tools for Enforcing Court Orders

When a court issues an order, ensuring compliance is critical. However, parties sometimes fail to adhere to these orders, necessitating the use of legal tools to enforce them. At HAWM Law in Orlando, Florida, we are well-versed in utilizing such tools to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected and court orders are followed. Here is an overview of the primary methods used in enforcement.


Garnishment is a legal process whereby a portion of a debtor’s earnings is withheld by their employer for the payment of a debt. This tool is most commonly used in the collection of unpaid child support, alimony, and other judgments. The procedure involves the court directing the employer to directly transfer a portion of the debtor’s earnings to the creditor, ensuring regular payments and reducing the risk of non-compliance.


A lien is another powerful tool used to enforce a court order, particularly in property-related disputes or judgments. A lien grants the creditor a legal claim or right against the assets of a debtor—typically real estate. If the debtor attempts to sell or refinance the property, they must first clear the lien by paying the debt. This ensures that the creditor has a method to secure repayment, either through regular payments or the eventual sale or refinancing of the property.

Our family law attorneys are focused on efficiently and effectively preparing clients for the most difficult circumstances. The attorneys at HAWM law have experience dealing with an array of family law matters and can prepare the necessary and often unique strategy and tools that your family may require.

Writs of Execution

A writ of execution is a court order granted to enforce a judgment of possession obtained by a creditor from a debtor. This legal tool allows for the seizure of assets owned by the debtor, such as bank accounts, personal property, or real estate. The assets can then be sold under court supervision, with the proceeds used to pay the creditor. This method is particularly effective in cases where other enforcement tools have failed.

Contempt of Court

In cases where an individual fails to comply with a court order without a valid excuse, they may be found in contempt of court. This is not just a method to compel compliance but also a punishment for non-compliance. In order for a court to make a finding that someone is in contempt of court, there must be an affirmative finding that the individual willfully violated the court order and show that the individual has the ability to comply with the court order. Once the court finds an individual in contempt, they can determine the appropriate punishment. Penalties can include fines, attorney’s fees, and even jail time, which underscores the seriousness of adhering to court orders.

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At HAWM Law, our Orlando Court Order Enforcement Lawyers understand the importance of effective legal action in the enforcement of court orders. Whether through garnishments, liens, writs of execution, or seeking a contempt of court ruling, our team is equipped to handle the complexities of enforcing legal judgments. These tools are essential for ensuring that justice is served and our clients receive what they are duly owed.

Our expertise in these areas ensures that we provide comprehensive support to our clients throughout the enforcement process, maintaining the integrity of legal orders and the legal system. If you are facing challenges related to the enforcement of a court order, our attorneys are here to help navigate and resolve these issues effectively.

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