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DIVORCE: Receiver appointed because defendant refused to pay child support.

When plaintiff and defendant divorced in 2014, they had two young children. Plaintiff was awarded sole legal and physical custody and defendant was ordered to pay monthly child support of $1,806.00.

On September 19, 2014, plaintiff filed a motion to appoint a receiver noting that defendant had defied the court’s authority and was found in contempt, that defendant had refused to pay child support and other money owing to plaintiff, and that defendant had refused to offer any payment or plan for payment relative to his obligations. Plaintiff asked that the receiver be appointed by the court to intercept defendant’s income to address his Court orders for payment and that the receiver be paid from Defendant’s funds which come under the control of the Receiver.

The trial court granted plaintiff’s motion on November 21, 2014. It ordered that the receiver would be permitted to use discovery to obtain information about defendant’s income, including income from practicing medicine and managing or renting real estate properties.

The receiver was empowered to collect rents on relevant properties and all income related to defendant’s medical practice, and to pursue collections to satisfy the judgment of divorce and child support debts in both Michigan and Illinois. He was required to submit periodic written reports to plaintiff’s counsel as well as a final report.

At Aldrich Legal Services, our attorneys and staff understand the stress that can come with family law disputes.  We assist parents with enforcing child support orders.

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