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.
Revising the Original Agreement
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 kids 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 workable or in the best interest of the children.
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 assets makes it impossible for him or her to continue that support.
Child custody, child support, and other family law judgments are not necessarily written in stone. When unforeseen conditions arise that materially and substantially alter the situation, it can become necessary to revisit and revise the original agreement.
Modification of Child Support and Child Custody
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 order still works or needs to be modified.
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 all valid and common reasons why your current child custody, child support or spousal agreement may no longer work for your family’s needs.
With deep knowledge of family law, GoransonBain 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, we can help you decide whether it makes financial and legal sense to seek modification of court orders.
Enforcement of Texas Court Orders
It is challenging to live your life if your former partner does not keep his or her 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 visitation schedules are 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.
Contact a Dallas Divorce Lawyer or Dallas Family Law Attorney
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. Many of our attorneys have over 20 years of family law litigation experience. Additionally, three of our attorneys are former family law judges. With such robust experience, the family law attorneys of GoransonBain Ausley are ideally positioned to assess the merits of your case and assist you in achieving your goals.
Call our office to schedule a consultation today with one of our divorce lawyers or family law attorneys. We can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions that are in your family’s best interest. To conveniently serve you, we have offices in Dallas, Austin and Plano.