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In Texas, court orders are an essential part of all divorce and family law cases, establishing clear guidelines on child custody, child support, and visitation, as well as property division and spousal support. These legally binding documents, issued by the court, are designed to provide a clear path forward for families in transition and minimize potential conflicts in the future.

Court orders take into account the best interests of the children, the financial circumstances of both parties, and a multitude of other factors, ensuring a just and equitable resolution for everyone involved. So, when one of the parties does not follow a court order, it usually does not sit well with the other party – or the judge. They can face serious consequences, including loss of certain rights, fines, or even jail time.

Examples of Enforceable Orders
A court order is an official written directive issued by the court in connection with a family law case. It can be used to resolve both major issues and minor disputes, such as child custody, support, visitation rights, division of assets or debts, property ownership and more. Here is a quick overview of different types of orders and common examples of non-compliance:
  • Child Custody and Visitation Orders These outline where a child will live, visitation schedules for the non-custodial parent, and other custody arrangements. Example: Laura was supposed to drop off her son with Luke, the father, for the weekend as per their custody agreement. However, Laura decided to take a spontaneous trip out of town instead, preventing Luke from seeing their son. This denied visitation has occurred on numerous occasions.
  • Child Support Orders This details the amount of money a non-custodial parent must provide to support their child or children. Example: Chandler was ordered to pay $750 to help Monica care for their two children. For the past three months, he has not made any payments, leaving Monica struggling with additional financial burdens.
  • Alimony or Spousal Maintenance Orders These indicate whether one party must provide financial support to the other after a divorce and how much money they must pay. Example: After their divorce, Martin was ordered to pay his ex-wife, Gina, $400 in monthly spousal support. Martin has failed to pay her a penny.

Common Questions

What Can I Do if My Ex Refuses to Comply with a Family Court Order?
Enforcement of Texas family court orders requires filing a lawsuit against the other party for violating a court order. It is important to contact us as soon as possible if you are pursuing enforcement action because the pleadings must be meticulously crafted and accurate.