Enforcing Child Support, Custody And Divorce Orders
Have you held an order concerning child support or your visitation and access with your child or children and wondered what good it really is? Is your former spouse withholding something you know that document gives you the right to receive? You need a Texas divorce lawyer to press your interests and those of your children. The same court that issued those orders needs to hear about your problems. That court can enforce the order by issuing sanctions that can possibly include imprisonment.
Our lawyers at Griffin and Cain Attorneys at Law can help you pursue enforcement of your family court order, whether it involves a divorce order, custody order or other issue.
What Can You NOT Do If Child Support Goes Unpaid?
Something to bear in mind is the fact that failure to pay child support does not make void the part of the order concerning visitation and access. If your former spouse is not paying, he or she still has all the visitation rights set down by the court. Likewise, if your former spouse refuses you access to your children, you cannot withhold child support payments. You do not want to be in a position of defending an enforcement action. As you now know, you may be faced with imprisonment for this unwise choice. On top of that, the court may be inclined to agree with your former spouse should he or she bring a modification action and alter to your detriment the rights you have by way of court order.
The penalties for failure to make child support payments include being found in contempt of court. The judge then has the discretion to order up to six months in jail, a driver’s license suspension and other penalties. The stakes are higher than you may have thought. Make sure you have an experienced Texas divorce lawyer protecting your rights.
Our Experienced Lawyers Can Help
Bringing an enforcement action or defending one brought against you will be an emotional challenge. You are being faced with problems you hoped to avoid and hoped you had put behind you. Our divorce lawyers are experienced with the process and understand the stress you will be under. Call 281-524-6979 today or send us an email for a free consultation.