There are numerous disadvantages to a legal separation, but the primary problem is enforcement. Divorce judgments are far more easily and effectively enforced than separation agreements standing alone. A judgment of divorce can be readily enforced by a relatively quick application to the court that issued it. Available remedies include contempt of court, which results in a fine and/or imprisonment; sequestration, by which the defaulting spouse must give up his accounts or other property as security for the payment of an obligation in the future; a money judgment, which can be enforced by restraint and/or seizure of accounts and other assets, as well as license forfeiture and income deduction order, to name a few. On the other hand, to enforce a separation agreement a whole separate lawsuit must be brought in which the breach is first proved at a full trial. Because a trial is involved, delays of several months or more can occur while the pleading and disclosure phases are completed. Assuming that the trial is successful, the court can only provide limited relief in the form of specific performance or an award of damages. If specific performance is granted, the court makes an order directing that the defaulting party do what the contract said they were supposed to do in the first place. If the defaulting party does not make the required performance, then the aggrieved spouse can employ the same remedies that are available to enforce a divorce judgment. In other words, the aggrieved spouse is back in the same place he/she would have been if he/she had simply started with a divorce judgment in the first place. Of course, the other remedy available for a separation agreement violation – getting a money judgment to compensate for contract damages — is readily enforceable, but it still takes longer to get such a money judgment than it would take if the defaulting spouse had violated a divorce judgment, instead of violating a separation agreement. Also, the number of situations in which a money judgment is the appropriate enforcement tool are limited. It works well, for example, if there is a particular asset that was supposed to be transferred but was not, but it does not work well with an ongoing obligation to pay child support or maintenance which would need a new money judgment each additional week that the defaulting spouse misses a payment.