Texas Post-Judgment Modification and Enforcement
Making Sense Of Texas Court Orders
A divorce doesn’t sever ties between former spouses completely – especially when children are involved. If you believe court orders involved in your case need modifying or enforcing, we can advise you on what to do next.
Life rarely stands still for long. Children grow up fast and their needs develop along the way. If circumstances have changed since the time of the original court order concerning your children, we can help you assess whether your custody order or child support payments are still reasonable or need to be modified.
Revising Original Agreements After Divorce
Here is a common scenario that impacts the parenting schedule: At the time of divorce, the parents agree to a certain schedule for the children to spend time with both parents. Years later, the children are older, perhaps one of the parents has remarried, and the circumstances have changed to such a significant degree that the schedule is no longer in the best interest of the children.
Here is another common scenario that might necessitate a change in child support: A parent agrees to pay a specific amount of support, but later a sudden change in income, employment, or other financial circumstances makes it impossible for the parent to continue the current amount of support ordered by the court.
Child custody, child support, and other child-related court orders are not necessarily permanent. When unforeseen events arise that materially and substantially alter the situation, it can become necessary to revisit and revise the original agreement.
Modifying Child Support and Child Custody in Texas
When it comes to divorce, not all court orders stand the test of time. There are circumstances where the court orders you were once satisfied with may need to be modified or enforced. Fortunately, court orders are not written in stone. With the help of the right family law attorney, we can help you and your former spouse find common ground on a new agreement that works for you, your former spouse, and your family.
There are some factors you cannot control. Your children’s needs change as they grow. Your job situation could change or someone in your family could fall ill forcing you and your family to relocate in order to receive the best possible medical care. These are common reasons why your current child custody, child support, or spousal agreement may no longer work for your family’s needs.
With a deep knowledge of family law, Goranson Bain Ausley divorce lawyers support families in Texas to make sure court orders still reflect their children’s best interests. From custodial rights and possession schedules to child support payments, our Dallas, Austin and Plano based attorneys can help you decide whether it makes financial and legal sense to seek a modification of court orders.
Enforcement of Texas Family Court Orders
It is challenging to live your life if your former partner does not keep their court-ordered obligations. If your former partner does not comply with the terms of a court order, you may be able to ask the court to enforce it.
- Circumstances in which you may be able to request for an order to be enforced include:
- If you’re a recipient of child support and the person ordered to pay fails to comply
- If someone refuses to turn over property awarded to you in a divorce or refuses to comply with his or her financial obligations pursuant to your divorce decree
- If someone fails to stay current on spousal maintenance payments or to maintain health and life insurance when required
- If a visitation schedule is not being adhered to
If you are experiencing any of the above difficulties, we are here to help. We can review your court orders and advise whether it is possible for you to request a court to enforce your existing order, and the likelihood of your request being successful.
Our Trusted Texas Family Law Attorneys
What do you do if you feel that present conditions justify the modification of a past family law judgment? Your first step should be to talk to an experienced attorney who is well-versed in this complex area of law. Call our office to schedule a consultation today with one of our Dallas, Plano or Austin based family law attorneys. We can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions that are in your family’s best interest.
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Partner Esther Donald explains how divorce decrees can be modified.