Enforcement Of Court Orders

You currently have a final decree of divorce or child custody order in place, which sets the rules and boundaries of parenting or division of property. However, if one of the parties is not abiding by the terms of the order or has failed to fulfill their obligation, then you should speak to an experienced family law attorney.

Examples of one party's failure to comply include:

  • Failure to provide access to children
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to pay spousal support
  • Failure to divide assets following the divorce

You may purse an enforcement, if the language of the existing court order is clear and unambiguous. Depending on the nature of the violation, there can be serious consequences.

Penalties for noncompliance may include:

  • Contempt of court
  • Habeas corpus
  • Posting of a bond
  • Money damages
  • Criminal liability
  • Driver's license suspension
  • Wage garnishment
  • Fish and game license suspension
  • Clarification of the language so that the court order may be enforced

At The Gonzalez Law Group, we represent individuals who are seeking to enforce child support, visitation, property division, spousal support or other orders. We also represent those who have been accused of noncompliance with a court order.

If you would like to meet with us to discuss enforcement actions, call 832-530-4070 for a free consultation.

Questions For Your Attorney

WHAT IF MY EX-SPOUSE REFUSES VISITATION?

After a divorce or custody proceeding, one parent may try to refuse the other parent rightful visitation time with their children. Your children are entitled to have a loving relationship with both parents, even after a divorce or separation. If the custodial parent tries to limit the noncustodial parent's visitation time in violation of the court order, it can lead to serious consequences — even the loss of custody.

Don't let your spouse unjustly deny you time with your children! You may need to petition the court to enforce the agreement to ensure you are given your fair visitation time with your children. In some extreme cases, you may be able to secure a modification to provide you with greater custody rights. If the court finds that violations of the existing order occurred, the violating parent may have to cover your attorney fees and face the loss of their custody rights.

WHAT IF MY EX-SPOUSE REFUSES TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT?

Child support enforcement is common after a divorce or separation. This usually happens when the parent who has been ordered to pay child support fails or refuses to do. If the court finds that a parent has failed to pay child support, there are several consequences they may face including wage garnishment and possible jail time.

WHAT ARE MY DEFENSES TO AN ENFORCEMENT FOR CHILD SUPPORT?

Sometimes it is in the best interest of a child to modify an existing support order. Grounds for modification include changes in net income due to unemployment, illness or medical issues, or even educational needs of a child. Se habla español.