Houston Enforcement of Orders Lawyer
After spending time, money, and energy settling the practical issues involved in a divorce or other family matters, such as adoption and custody, it can be extremely frustrating when one of the involved parties fails to fulfill their obligations. Whether it is providing access to children, paying spousal support, or dividing assets following the split, the refusal of your ex-partner to comply with a court order leaves you with few options outside of legal action.
Fortunately, court orders are enforceable documents through a process known as enforcement through contempt. Should a party to a court order, in this case your ex-spouse, willfully fail to comply with their obligations and you can demonstrate this in court, they may be held in contempt of court and face serious criminal consequences. If you’ve already been through a difficult legal process settling the terms of your split, the last thing you need is the added stress of being unable to get them to pay spousal support, access your legal property, or see your children. That’s why a court order can be such an important tool in cases like this – it’s a simple but highly effective enforcement mechanism that allows you to ensure your ex-spouse is complying with the terms of your divorce. To learn more about your rights and options for forcing your ex-spouse to comply with the agreements made in court during divorce, call an experienced Houston enforcement of orders attorney at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today at (713) 802-1777.
Enforceable Orders and Penalties for Non-Compliance
Not all violations of court orders can be punished with a ruling of contempt, so it is essential to know what your options are before attempting to take an issue to court. The following are a few of the family law related court orders that you may be able to enforce through contempt:
- Child Support
- Payment from existing sources of money
This isn’t an exhaustive list of the cases in which this process can be used, but these are several of the more common uses of a court order to force a ruling of contempt of court. Each of these is monetary in nature, as that’s often a major source of contention in non-amicable divorces. The ex-spouse who refuses to pay child support is frequently the butt of jokes in TV sitcoms, but this is no laughing matter. Especially if you need alimony or child support payments to pay the bills and take care of your children, this can be a maddening process that’s seriously endangering to your livelihood. While many of the cases regarding this specific use of a court order revolve around money, they can also be used to make sure your ex-spouse lets you see your kids as per your legal agreement on the matter, or to ensure the required division of assets.
The reason that these court orders are so successful is that a ruling of contempt will result in serious criminal penalties for the guilty party, such as the following:
- Up to $500 in fines
- Up to six months of imprisonment in county jail
With the leverage of pending enforcement through contempt, a skilled attorney may be able to help you hold your ex-spouse accountable for their part of the court order.
Why You Need a Lawyer
Enforceable orders are typically only used when several an individual has tried a number of other legal actions to resolve a dispute. This isn’t an easy legal step to take and not one most people make lightly. Whether you’re trying to ensure custody of your child or get your ex-spouse to make alimony payments, having a top-tier team of lawyers on your side can make sure you get the outcome you want. Your case needs to be argued as well as possible, which simply isn’t something you can do on your own. It’s important that you have a top-notch law firm standing with you to argue your case as well as possible, as well as ensure that your paperwork is filed correctly and walk you through the process to avoid any costly errors. Not just any lawyer can provide this resource for you – you need a team with years of experience working on enforcement cases just like yours to help you ensure your peace of mind.
Why Pick Holmes, Diggs & Sadler?
Holmes, Diggs & Sadler is incredibly respected in the area of family law. We’re viewed as not only one of the top family law firms in the Houston area, but among the top of our peers across the State of Texas. Our team is vastly experienced in family law areas from child custody to alimony, and we have years of experience ordering cases like these on behalf of clients just like you. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization even recognizes several of our lawyers in the area of Family Law, and multiple members of our expert team have been named as Rising Stars in the area of Family Law by Super Lawyers in the last two years, an acclaim only given to 2.5% of lawyers each year.
There are lots of firms that work in family law, but none that can rival our expertise in these cases and passion for helping our clients get their lives back. We have a team set up that will work harder than anyone else to make sure you get the results you need. Our team has expertise in everything from standard divorce proceedings to extremely specific areas of family law, and frequently take on and win cases when competing firms couldn’t.
Our approach is unmatched in the industry, winning acclaim from our peers in a number of areas. We’ve been named to Texas Monthly’s Top Attorneys list, with team member Cindy Diggs earning a Super Lawyer designation each year since 2009. Members of our team have also received awards and top rankings from Houstonia Magazine, the National Association of Family Law Attorneys, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, AVVO, and Fortune Magazine. Firm partner Judith Sadler is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court.
If you want results, there’s no doubt that Holmes, Diggs & Sadler is the right choice for you. There’s no time to waste – call us today to discuss the details of your case and speak to a member of our team about how we can help you resolve your family law problems.
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our skilled legal team is dedicated to providing capable and effective representation to clients in any matter of family law. If a party to a court order is failing to comply with their obligations to you, call us today at (713) 802-1777 to speak with an experienced Houston divorce lawyer and learn more about your rights and legal options.