The Law Office of Kurt H King

November 18, 2013


Filed under: Divorce,Family Law,Litigation,Uncategorized — kurthking @ 3:13 pm
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Missouri law 511.310, RSMo 2013, seems to be a rarely used, straight forward way to recover for property that the ex-spouse fails to return as ordered in a divorce judgment.  However, the law does not limit itself to divorce judgments and applies generally. That statute provides:

“511.310. Damages in lieu of performance of judgment

When complete justice cannot otherwise be done, the court may, on the petition of the party entitled to the benefit of a final judgment, cause an inquiry to be made by a jury of the amount of damages which ought to be paid in lieu of the performance of the judgment, and may render a judgment for the damages so assessed, and award execution thereon.”

Perhaps an advisory jury would suffice instead of a full-blown jury trial.

In any event, 511.310 may be a viable and effective alternative to actions for contempt of court and conversion of property.

Kurt H. King

Law Office of Kurt H. King, 20 E. Franklin, Liberty, Clay County, Missouri


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