Many in San Antonio may view being awarded the right to receive child support as the final hurdle that custodial parents face in supporting their kids. However, several may later come to us here at The Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C. needing legal assistance to have their child support agreements enforced. If your ex-spouse has fallen behind on his or her child support payments, you may want to familiarize yourself with the legal process of having his or her obligation enforced by the court in the event your case requires it.
The Texas Family Code states any motion for enforcement must be filed with the court that has jurisdiction over your case. In it, you must clearly identify that it is your ex-spouse’s child support obligation that needs to be enforced, including any details as to his or her noncompliance. Such details may include how long it has been since he or she last made a payment, or any reasons he or she may have given you as to why payments were being missed.
Furthermore, you must also include details such as:
- The exact amount of child support her or she required to pay as per the terms of your agreement.
- How much he or she owes in back payments.
- How much he or she has already paid toward fulfilling his or her obligation.
You may also choose to ask that your ex be found in contempt either due to prior payment issues or if you feel as though his or her behavior warrants it. To do so, you must present evidence showing the exact dates of any prior violations, as well as the details of how any past arrearages were settled.
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