Enforcement of Court Orders
Once a judge signs a court order – whether it is a divorce decree or a child support order – the parties must follow that order. Refusing to follow an order can result in serious consequences. A court has a lot of power to enforce its orders and can severely penalize the party violating the order. If you have questions about enforcing an order, our experienced lawyers are here to help
Enforcing Child Support and Child Custody Orders
Enforcement of Property Division
A court that granted a divorce can enforce the property division through an enforcement lawsuit. Enforcement may be necessary, for example, if a party refuses to sell a home as required by the divorce decree. Sometimes one party will refuse to cooperate with delivery of property, such as money in an account awarded to his or her spouse. Texas law gives the court several tools to enforce its orders. The court’s powers can include compelling a party to deliver property, appointing a third-party to sell property, ordering a party to sign documents necessary to transfer property.
There are some limitations on the court’s power to enforce its order, and it is important to work with a lawyer who understands these requirements. For instance, the court may not modify the property division in an enforcement suit or jail someone for failing to pay a debt. Our lawyers have experience with these issues and are here to help with your property enforcement case.