Enforcement Issues of Child Support, Visitation Rights, Alimony & More.
It is not unusual for one divorcing spouse or the other to violate orders or decrees of the family court by accident, on purpose, or through inability to perform. Yet, no matter the cause, noncompliance with a family court order is a serious matter and could expose the party in default to major legal problems via the enforcement process. If you need help getting your former spouse to fulfill child support or visitation obligations, or if you need to defend yourself on charges of noncompliance, please contact an experienced family law attorney at the Plano law firm of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C.
Child Support, Alimony & Visitation Rights Enforcement Problems
Enforcement problems can arise from the very earliest stages of a divorce case. Most family courts in the Metroplex have standing orders that apply to both parties from the time the divorce petition is served and filed. These orders require both spouses to avoid financial transactions other than ordinary expenditures and bill payments, to make complete and accurate disclosures of income and assets to the other spouse, and to take certain steps to protect the children from the adverse effects of divorce: don’t harass, verbally abuse or alienate the other parent, support the authority of the other parent, don’t use the children as pawns or bargaining chips in resolving differences between the divorcing spouses. Violations of these standing orders can expose the offending party to the risk of a contempt citation, which could realistically send him or her to jail.
Sanctions for Violating Court Orders
Temporary child or spousal support orders, visitation schedules, or even restraining orders must be obeyed at the risk of sanctions ranging from paying the offended party’s attorneys fees to spending a few days in jail. Even after the divorce has long been final, interruptions in child support payments or failure to comply with custody arrangements can trigger enforcement proceedings that could cause major legal trouble for the party in default.
Texas divorce lawyer Laurence A. DePlaza represents his clients on either side of a family court enforcement hearing. For the complaining party, he makes sure that the violation is clearly and persuasively documented and presented to the court, with a demand for sanctions designed not only to cure the default, but also to make sure that it will not happen again. For the offending party, he will help you understand the nature of your obligations, the seriousness of the violation and the full consequences of noncompliance. In proper cases, he can also help you obtain a modification of your commitments if a recent change in your financial situation has altered your ability to meet support obligations.
For dependable representation in pursuit or defense of your interests in Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex family court enforcement matters, contact an AV-rated* lawyer at the Plano law firm of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C.
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