Unfortunately, the end of a divorce case or Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship is only the beginning of litigation between former spouses. A court Order is only as good as a party’s willingness to enforce the terms contained in that Order. While enforcement issues may include transfer of assets post divorce, the majority of enforcement actions are for non payment of child support, nonpayment of child medical obligations, and denial of visitation rights.
At Higgins Family Law Group, we have experience in seeking and obtaining enforcement of court Orders through Contempt Motions, Post Divorce Judgments and Clarification of Orders that were previously unenforceable.
Child Support Enforcement
Under the Texas Family Code, a parent who is ordered to pay child support, provide medical insurance or pay for medical bills can be held in contempt if they fail to make payment. Punishment includes potential jail time, fines, award of attorney’s fees and probation. Our lawyers are well versed in the provisions of the Family Code regarding enforcement of child support orders. We have helped clients enforce child support orders, and we have helped clients who have been accused of not paying support where the facts show that payment has been made, or a legal defense to nonpayment exists.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are not receiving child support, or have been unjustly accused of not meeting your court ordered obligations, we can help you through the legal process. Contact our firm today.
Enforcement of Visitation Orders
Often times a person is denied visitation of their children for reasons that are not justified in the law. A custodial parent cannot withhold visitation even if the non-custodial parent has failed to pay his or her child support. Legal processes exist that can help parents obtain possession of their children afforded to them under their court order. Conversely, if you are a custodial parent, concerned about the safety and welfare of your children if visitation occurs; under limited circumstances legal processes exist to protect your children including the availability of emergency temporary orders. Our attorneys have represented clients in high conflict child related cases including cases involving alleged abuse, parental alienation and inappropriate denying of visitation rights.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are being denied significant rights to your children or are wrongfully accused of denying rights to your former spouse, call our firm and we will honestly evaluate the merits of your case before you invest significant dollars in an enforcement action.
Taking a New Direction
To candidly and confidentially discuss your enforcement issues and available remedies call our Plano, Texas law office directly or email us with a brief description of your situation and concerns.