Post Judgment Modifications & Enforcement

Texas Divorce Lawyers Making Sense of 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 child 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 Texas 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 Texas 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, we 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.

Modification and Enforcement Options

Child Support

As your child grows, their needs change along the way. There are many circumstances where child support may need to be modified. If your former spouse has not kept up with their child support payments, the child support order may need to be enforced. An experienced attorney can walk you through your options. 

Conservatorship

Conservatorship is a term that refers to a party’s court-ordered custody of a child. There are various types of conservatorships based on the situation and what is in the best interest of the child. There are instances where a conservatorship may not be permanent and may need to be modified or situations where the conservatorship needs to be enforced. A Goranson Bain Ausley attorney can help.

Possession and Access

As circumstances in your life change, you may wish to modify the terms of your possession schedule and how much access you have to your children. One of our experienced family law attorneys can help you write a possession order that fits your needs. 

Property Division Enforcement

If your former spouse is not upholding their end of the divorce decree outlining the division of property, there are steps you can take to receive what has been granted to you. If your former spouse is not complying with the divorce decree, you are likely going to need the help of an experienced divorce attorney.  

Enforcement of Out of State Divorce Decrees

When moving to Texas from out of state, questions can arise about jurisdiction and the enforcement of a divorce decree, especially when it comes to child visitation, child support, and alimony. Our experienced attorneys can provide answers.

Contact 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 Plano, Dallas or Austin office to schedule a consultation today with one of our family law attorneys. We can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions that are in your family’s best interest.