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Enforcement of Court Orders in Collin County

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Usually, the process of getting a divorce or resolving a lawsuit for child custody or support is so extensive that everyone breathes a sigh of relief when it is all over. Unfortunately, just because the terms of your divorce have been finalized does not necessarily mean that all your troubles have ended. In some difficult situations, your previous spouse might have agreed to perform certain roles or contribute certain amounts of financial support, but then they suddenly go back on their word. This can cause new sources of frustration and disruption for you and your family, right when you were finally getting ready to continue life as normal.

Refusing or ignoring the terms of a divorce is not only inconvenient and stressful, but illegal as well. When your prior partner is not following the set agreements, reach out to our knowledgeable Collin County enforcement lawyer. Lisa Baker Canterberry, Attorney At Law is ready to fight for your divorce rights.

Contact us now at (214) 367-5026 to learn about what options are available for you in terms of enforcement of court orders.

How to Enforce a Court Order in Collin County, Texas

Following a divorce, if one of the individuals is refusing to abide by the agreements that had been legally instated during the process of divorce, an opposing party can file to have the court enforce the divorce terms. To enforce a court order in Collin County, Texas, you will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Review the Court Order.

    • Carefully read and understand the terms of the court order that you seek to enforce. Familiarize yourself with the specific obligations and requirements outlined in the order.

  2. Document Violations of the Court Order.

    • Keep detailed records of any violations or instances where your ex spouse fails to comply with the court order. This includes documenting dates, times, and descriptions of the violations, as well as any relevant communication or evidence.

  3. Communicate with the Other Party.

    • Attempt to resolve the issue amicably by communicating with the other party. Clearly explain their obligations under the court order and express your concerns regarding non-compliance. Maintain a record of all communications for future reference.

  4. Consult with an Attorney.

    • Seek legal advice from a family law attorney in Collin County who has experience in representing individuals in court order enforcement cases. Lisa Baker Canterberry, Attorney At Law can provide guidance on the best course of action and help you understand your rights and options for enforcing the court order.

  5. File a Motion for Contempt.

    • If informal resolution attempts fail, your attorney can assist you in filing a motion for contempt with the Collin County court. This motion notifies the court of the other party's failure to comply with the court order and seeks enforcement.

  6. Attend a Hearing.

    • Once the motion for contempt is filed, the court will schedule a hearing. Attend the hearing and present evidence to support your claims of non-compliance. The court will assess the situation and determine appropriate remedies, which may include: Fines, sanctions, or other enforcement measures.

  7. Follow Court Orders.

    • If the court finds the other party in contempt, they may issue additional orders to enforce compliance. It is crucial to comply with any new court orders and keep records of the other party's compliance moving forward.

It is essential to consult with an experienced family law attorney to ensure you follow the specific procedures and requirements of Collin County when enforcing a court order. Our lawyer can provide tailored advice based on your unique circumstances and represent your interests effectively in court proceedings.

Requirements for Filing a Motion of Enforcement in Texas

In order to get the motion to enforce a court order approved, the plaintiff will need to demonstrate that the decree for enforcement is truly merited.

If you are seeking to receive a successful motion of enforcement, you will likely need to show certain information to the court, including:

  • Proof that the other party has violated the provisions set forth by the divorce.
  • A detailed statement outlining the exact ways that the opposing party has not complied with the divorce terms.
  • A request that specifically claims the kind of relief you are seeking.
  • Evidence of any amounts that are owed for alimony or child support, along with officiated records and bills of the required payments.

Penalties to Enforce Divorce Orders in Texas

There are multiple ways that a court in Texas can use to force the offending party to give the support they had originally promised. Sometimes this can include wage garnishment or additional fines and fees.

In other cases, a parent might even lose their rights to visitation or joint conservatorship. The court can also revoke the party’s credit cards or have them give up the profits they made from selling property or getting a raise at work.

Aggressive Support in Tricky Circumstances

When two parties agree to a divorce, there are certain agreements they are required to follow once the marriage is finally dissolved. If your previous spouse is not holding to their end of the deal, you could suddenly be facing these horrible situations on your own without the aid they promised.

Whether you find yourself paying for heavy bills or juggling both childcare and your career because your former spouse has neglected their duties, we are ready to defend your rights. To avoid extending these difficult circumstances, immediately get in touch with our Collin County enforcement attorney.

Call us today at (214) 367-5026 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation to discuss your enforcement troubles.

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