Are you learning about the court order enforcement act regulations? Are you worried about someone using the Court Order Enforcement Act against you? Or maybe you are trying to get paid from your judgment?
This article will teach you what you can do. If it’s not too late for you, we suggest you hire a lawyer to help you win your case. Many people leave hiring a law firm until it’s too late. Then suddenly they have to try and hide assets because they have lost their case.
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A lawyer can help you:
- deal with a judgment creditor
- court order enforcement
- win a small claims case in provincial court
- registration of the judgment
- enforce a judgment on personal property
- register an interest in land
- get an order for land sold
- get a certificate of judgment
- receive a garnishing order
- deal with the Land Title Act
Registration Of The Judgment
Winning a lawsuit is a big step. In Supreme Court or Superior Court, it can take many years to get to this point. Assuming the other party doesn’t appeal, it’s now time for you to try and collect your judgment.
If you have a family law case, it’s normally easier to get paid. There are government organizations that help people collect child and spousal support. An example of this is the family responsibility office.
Let’s say that you are awarded $15,000. How can you get paid? The first step is to file the order. This means that you need to put the judge’s order in writing, and then file it with the court.
This means that you should bring a notepad and pen with you to court. You need to be able to clearly write down the judge’s order. If you don’t understand something, ask the judge. If you make a mistake, then your order might be thrown out later.
You will then file the order with the registry. Assuming you wrote the information correctly, the court staff will sign the order. This will allow the order to be placed into the court system.
Filing the order is the first step before you can get paid. The courts will not collect the money for you.
Money Due And Owing | Court Order Enforcement Act Regulations
You will then send a copy of the order to the opposing party. You will include a letter saying how and when you want to get paid. Provide information on if you are open to receiving payments over time.
You want to make the information clear in your letter. You can say they must pay it right away. The order is only valid for ten years.
You are now a creditor and the other party is the debtor. Keep in mind that sometimes creditors never get paid. Other times it’s easy to get paid. Working with a payment schedule can make it easier to get paid.
The first step is often a payment hearing. You cannot take any other action until the payment hearing happens.
If you get summoned to court and you are the respondent and you don’t show up, they can be arrested. If the creditor doesn’t go, they can do the hearing without the creditor.
You do not go over your case again during a payment hearing. It’s only to go over the assets and debts of the respondent. Debtors can have to show how much income they receive.
Personal Property And The Court Order Enforcement Act
You can also garnish wages from someone’s employer. This can get complicated, so it’s best to hire a lawyer. There are a lot of steps, and they all must be done perfectly and in order. It’s unbelievable how hard it can be to get paid once you have an order.
The debtor can also apply to the court to get rid of the garnishment order if it’s causing too much financial hardship. It’s also possible to seize someone’s car. It will then be sold at a public auction. It’s often very expensive for a plaintiff to do this.
A lien against the title of a property is often the easiest way to get paid. You have to renew the registration every two years.
You can also hire a collections agency which will cause credit problems for the debtor. Most collections agencies will take a percentage of the money owed.
Debtors can also sometimes go to jail for 20 days if they are not taking court seriously.
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How to Get A Quick Court Order
Family law matters can go on for months or years. You might be wondering how to get a quick court order.
Sometimes you might need to bring a motion for a temporary court order while you wait for a court date. Some things can’t wait.
Some people want to bring an emergency motion to get a court order. Given our experience in family law, this emergency is normally around the safety of the child.
If you believe the child is dangerous, it is always best to call the police before calling a family law firm.
Going to court (even for an emergency motion) is expensive but needs to be done by a family lawyer. Normally you will need a minimum $2000 deposit.
You can either bring a motion with notice to the other side or without notice. Without notice is normally for a temporary order because there is no time to give notice.
This means you won’t have to serve the other side with the documents prior to the court date. It is very hard to get a court date without serving the other side. The situation will have to be extreme.
The two most common situations to get a temporary court order:
- Your partner has told you they are leaving the country with your children
- Serious risk to you or your children
You will have to give specific, detailed evidence to prove these two things. The courts will not care about what you think might happen. If you can’t prove it’s likely to happen, you will have to give notice to the other party.
Order Enforcement Act Regulations
Even with notice, you will be limited in what you can do to bring forward an urgent motion. You should always ask when the next court date is. You can then decide if it’s worth trying to bring forward an emergency motion.
Most people try to limit the money they spend on their family law matters. It can be effective to pick your fights as lawyers often charge per hour.
If you need a quick court order, call a family lawyer to get the process started. We can’t promise anything besides that we will try our hardest for you.
The Order Enforcement Act Regulations can be complex, so speak to a law firm.
Author: Alistair Vigier, CEO of ClearWay Law