The problem, of course, with collecting on any judgment against The Foreigner, or obtaining the documents he refused to produce, is this: He lives in another country. Sure you can do this stuff, but it gets difficult and time-consuming and, oh yes, expensive. I had mostly let it all go because I didn’t really need the child support and I was happy that The Child now had the college account that he had promised to her in our original divorce agreement.
I asked The Lawyer about this when my current woes began, because I was aware that a significant amount of fines had accrued. Can I collect this somehow? I asked.
It’s tough, he told me. I am not sure, because he did part of what was required – but not all. Start trying to collect it on your own, at least – send him letters, at least – so that if you decide to pursue it, you can show you’ve made the effort.
I might not be able to collect it all, and the expense and difficulty involved might outweigh what I might, maybe collect.
But The Foreigner doesn’t know this. And at the moment, he’s pissing me off.