BartSimpson wrote:You are being utterly ridiculous. They do not have debtors jail.
Have you seen the news? California is releasing hundreds of thousands from jail due to overcrowding - actual criminals, not broke fella's who can't pay their alimony.
Such doomsday thinking is a useless waste of energy - and it is not a form of preparing for the worst. You should consider a therapist to discuss your maladjustment to reality. You went from missing a couple of alimony payments to doing time in jail - a leap to infinity. Get a grip - get a therapist.
This may hold true in California, but in some other states they toss guys in jail for not paying alimony on a regular basis.
Remember, when this happens, you are not being tossed in jail for a debt (wink, wink), you are being tossed in jail for Contempt of Court, which is a crime. What has our society come to when we give judges the ability to jail people for debt by simply calling it something else?
The likely way it would go is that the court would order you to complete a sworn financial affidavit. If everything is true on the affidavit and nothing is hidden, if it shows you truly can't pay the alimony, they will lower the amount. Now, listen to this very important point: the most likely scenario is that they lower the amount you pay, NOT YOUR OBLIGATION. In other words, if you are currently paying $1000/mo and they lower it to $500 a month, the $500 not paid is not erased, it is put into arrears, and you are expected to pay off the arrears at some point. The judge may also order you to get a second job to clear the arrears. This is where the possible jail time comes in. If a judge looks at your situation and tells you to make an extra $100/week, and you don't get a job or show evidence that you have tried to find one, THEN you will be tossed in jail. For Contempt of Court, not for not having money, except of course the root cause is not having money. THEY DON'T CARE.
California my indeed be a different world, but men go to jail every day in Colorado and other states for Contempt of Court for not paying alimony.