Enforcement Actions in Family Law
In family law, an enforcement action is the process by which you legally document the opposing party’s failure to abide by the order of the court. You may need to pursue an enforcement action against the opposing party for a variety of reasons, including violations of existing injunctions (such as a custody order, or a support order), alimony, division of community estate, and more.
Penalizing Litigants that Fail to Follow Court Orders
Whatever the reason, enforcement actions are inherently frustrating because you are being forced to spend money to compel the opposition to do something that he or she is already obligated to do under the existing court order. Recognizing this, the Texas legislature has given our courts broad powers when it comes to penalizing litigants that fail to follow the court’s orders. Specifically, failure to comply with a court order could result in judgments being issued against the defendant, the imposition of hefty fines, attorney’s fees, and sometimes even jail time.
Seeking to File an Enforcement Action? Contact Us.
Enforcements are serious lawsuits, both for the party seeking relief and the one defending against it. Being represented by a knowledgeable and skilled attorney throughout the enforcement process is important to ensure your rights are protected. If you must address family law enforcement action in Houston, contact Angela Stout, an experienced enforcement action attorney, today.