The English courts have wide-ranging powers to enforce the orders which they make. The court is able to transfer properties and accounts into a creditor’s name, whilst it can also order that money owed to a debtor be paid to their creditor instead. The court can also order goods to be seized and divert payments from a debtor’s salary.
Where a debtor willfully refuses to satisfy an order, they can also be subject to contempt proceedings. If the court is satisfied that they have the ability to make a payment, but are refusing to do so, then the court can punish them with fines and even imprisonment. The courts take contempt extremely seriously, and have been known to impose sentences of up to two years for deliberate refusal to satisfy an order.
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