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What Can Be Done If Served With Enforcement And Contempt Actions?

In Texas, people regularly go to jail and pay fines for violating court orders. The harshest punishment is meted out for violating a court order to pay child support, or for violating an order to surrender children for the other person’s visitation and possession time, or failure to provide health insurance for a child or pay their share of medical expenses.

Also, persons who interfere with possession of a child may be sued for money damages for doing so.
In Texas, the violation of family law court orders is handled through what is known as “Enforcement and Contempt” actions. They are civil suits that proceed by law that has criminal-like consequences. These actions are what is known as qusi-criminal. In other words, part civil and part criminal. The Texas Family Law Code sets out a procedure for punishing people who violate its family court orders and provides an opportunity for defending against any such accusations.

If you have been served papers accusing you of violating a court order, you might have read in those papers where the other party requests you go to jail for 180 days (6 months) for each violation. If you are the victim of someone who violated the court order, you have the right to file such violations against them.

If you want to prosecute or defend against a Family Law court order violation, or you want to file suit against someone who interfered with your right to possess a child, call Reid McInvale, attorney at law. (281) 955-1111.

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Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.

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