What can a US citizen do to get US law protection from a non- US ex-Spouse that breaks the Marital Settlement in a

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Customer: What can a US citizen do to get US law protection from a non- US ex-Spouse that breaks the Marital Settlement in a non-US based divorce Agreement?
JA: What steps has the us citizen taken? Have they filed any papers in family court?
Customer: no. what are your reccommendations
JA: The Family Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Family law varies by state. What state are they in?
Customer: they live outside the US
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: just that this is a case where a US citizen's right are being violated by a foreign ex-spouse that is not abiding by the divorce agreement reached in a non-US court
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. I am Law Educator and I am pleased to assist you today with providing you the answers you are seeking for educational purposes only.

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Good morning, how are you today?

What  country is the ex living in?

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Colombia
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Good day, here is the answer to your query. Please do not hesitate to ask any follow up questions related to this response and know that I will respond as soon as I can.

Unfortunately, while Colombian courts can enforce US court judgments, they typically refuse to do so unless they are in compliance with Colombian laws which take precedence.

It is also costly to try to get them to enforce a foreign court judgment and requires you to take the judgment to Colombia and file it in the court there with a petition to recognize the foreign court order.

If he does not comply with the US order, you can get a contempt judgment against him in the US and if he comes back into the US the court in the US can issue a bench warrant for his arrest, but that is likely the best you will get in this type of matter.

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Thank you very much. I will reflect on your message and get back to you in case of need of further clarification.
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Please let me know if you have any additional questions about this issue for me today.

Customer
You are saying that whatever the US court decides to have effects in Colombia would be very difficult. But regardless of what Colombia’s judiciary does with a US ruling, will that US ruling have effect in the US specifically when the individual attempts to enter in US territory?
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Yes, that is correct.

If the US court finds him in contempt, they can issue a bench warrant for his arrest and they will arrest him if he enters the US.

Customer
Will the affected US citizen have to file a case in the US judiciary so that the US judiciary rules about the case, I suppose?How expensive will that be? And how much time will a court ruling take?
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You can file a motion for order to show cause for contempt in the court that issued the order if the ex is not following that order.

Costs depends on your  attorney and how much time it will take.

The time getting a judgment can be 30-60 days, it all depends on the court itself.

Customer
Filing the motion before a Colombian court will not prosper given the poor effectiveness of the Colombian judiciary system. How can this be done in a US court?
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LawEducator, Expert

You really cannot force the Colombian court to do anything and if he does not come back to the US I am afraid it could be that nothing will ever get done.

Customer
I understand, but can a case be filed un the US court so that once ruled against him, it will prevent him to enter into the US and if he does he goes to jail?.He travels often to the US…
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Yes, if he comes to the US he could be arrested if the court  issues a  bench warrant for him.

Customer
can I conclude that a case can be filed in a US court?
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LawEducator, Expert

I said that above, yes

Customer
Have a great day. Thanks for your valuable input!
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Best wishes. God bless you!
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Thank you and same to you.

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