Enforcement of Court Orders in Texas
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While you may think that your legal complications are over once you have finalized your divorce or child support agreement, this is not always the case. It can be incredibly frustrating when a former spouse or parent to your child fails to follow a court order. When they act in a blatant and intentional manner, it may call for legal action. Before taking any steps, however, you need to retain an Austin family law attorney you can trust. Turn to Friday Milner Lambert Turner, PLLC today!
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At our firm, we understand how exasperating it can be to try to encourage or force an ex-spouse or partner to follow a court order on your own. That is why you need to call on the legal advocates from our firm. We bring more than two centuries of experience to the table and know how to navigate these types of cases in an effective and efficient manner.
“Can the court enforce my order?”
In most family law matters, the court can enforce issues that were laid out in an official agreement. If you and your spouse came up with an agreement on your own, yet failed to get it approved by the court or make it official, it could be difficult to prove its validity in court. That is why having a knowledgeable attorney review these documents is so imperative.
In general, the court can be brought in to enforce:
- Child support orders
- Child custody and visitation orders
- Division of property
- Spousal maintenance or alimony
- Protective/restraining orders (in cases of domestic violence)
An individual must be found in contempt, which means that they have shown a willful disobedience of the order as given by the court, for enforcement to be used. If they are not cooperative, a judge may use various methods to “enforce” the order, such as wage garnishment, jail time, fines, and other penalties. If the court order does not appear to be specific or clear enough, the court will work to clarify the order and may then give the individual an opportunity to obey the new clarifications. However, if they still fail to follow the order, enforcement can become necessary.
Whether your former spouse is withholding spousal maintenance payments or continues to violate a custody agreement, be sure to call on our Austin family lawyers for representation.