Family law issues in California can be complex and difficult to navigate in any circumstance, but when there is a former spouse who has been ordered to pay alimony to the other spouse and cannot keep current with them, it is the foundation for dispute. There are certain legal matters that must be understood with alimony and other support. If a spouse has been ordered to pay, it is an enforceable court order until it is changed or ended. It might also have a specified date at which it concludes.
A person who has fallen behind in spousal support payments will be required to pay 10 percent interest on an annual basis for the balance. This is a matter of law and cannot be altered by the judge. When owing the past due support, there could be a court order or garnishment of wages to pay. Even if this is done, the interest will still accumulate.