Need Help Enforcing A Family Law Order? We Are Committed To Protecting Your Rights.
In family law matters, if the other party is not complying with their court-ordered duties, you have options to enforce those orders. At The Law Office of Cicily Simms, we are prepared to assist, whether you are not receiving what you are due or have been accused of violating a court order.
Our founding attorney, Cicily Simms, has decades of experience handling these and other family law matters. She is board-certified as a family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been since 1977.
Let us help you resolve this dispute so you can move forward.
Enforcing A Family Law Court Order
In Texas, when the other party is not fulfilling the obligations they were ordered to, a contempt order may be filed. The order can compel the other party to adhere to the rules by threatening steep fines or even jail time. A contempt order may be filed to enforce the following items:
- Failure to pay child support or spousal support payments
- Failure to comply with child custody or visitation orders
- Failure to comply with court-ordered property division
To prove that the accused party is in contempt, the original language on the court-ordered agreement must be clear and specific. For cases of failure to pay child support, the order must clearly state the amount, how often it must be paid, to whom and how it must be paid and until a specific date, among other guidelines. If the language fails to meet these requirements, the judge may choose to clarify the original order to give the accused party the opportunity to comply.
As matters of enforcement can be critical to the well-being of you and your children, a lawyer can provide experienced guidance during this time. We assist clients in finding the best way to enforce existing court orders, including considering options to modify or clarify orders if they have become irrelevant or unworkable.
We understand how frustrating it is when the other party refuses to fulfill their obligations, just as we understand that court orders can sometimes be confusing to the point that it leads to agreement violations.
Let us help you reach an agreement to satisfy all involved.
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Schedule a reduced-fee initial consultation with us today by calling 512-523-5371 or by submitting an inquiry online. Our office is located in downtown Austin near the courthouse, offering a comfortable setting and ample parking.