Just a bit of advice please. Asking on behalf of dh! During legal wranglings regarding access to children, husbands ex wife was charged with contempt of court (quite a few years ago now) and ordered to pay husbands legal costs to date. This came to nearly £30k, most some of which came from pil (dh parents). ExW basically ignored all informal attempts from dh and his solicitor to get the money repaid and it was never enforced by the court. Dh thinks short of getting bailiffs in (which he quite rightly doesn't want to do, as there are dcs involved), there isn't any way of getting the money repaid?
She has the equity from the house, but denies that she still has it. We believe it may have been 'gifted' to a family member when it was sold. She then moved into a rented property, then into her new husbands house.
Basically, exw agreed to judges terms i.e. Agreed to set visitation times and periods set specifically by the judge. This process took months for her to agree to. After a very short period of time, she then stopped turning up. When taken back to court, she admitted that she had no intention of adhering to the judges ruling. Therefore was charged with contempt of court and ordered to pay costs.
After the order for costs was given was an actual figure agreed or assessed. You would then have a judgment for thst specific amount. The courts don't automatically enforce a judgment- it is for the person who the judgment is in favour to issue enforcement proceedings eg. Bailiffs, charging order, attachment of earnings etc. I would start by getting DH to write asking how she intends to settle the debt and letting her know that in the absence of an indication of how she intends to settle he will take enforcement proceedings. Maybe if her financial circumstances have changed on remarriage she may be able to repay by not taking maintenance from your DH (obviously only if she does not need that to maintain the children).