In Texas, as in other states, many couples file for divorce each year. In some cases, one of the parties will refuse to comply with one or more of the requirements set forth in the divorce decree. In the event that an ex-spouse refuses to comply with some aspect of a divorce decree such as turning over property or paying spousal maintenance or child support, the other party may file a suit to enforce. The procedure for this and other family law matters is set forth in the applicable Family Code statute.
According to Texas law, any person whose liabilities, powers, duties or rights might be affected by a suit to enforce is entitled to receive notice of the action. In addition, the individual will be required to file a written answer. The legal proceedings in connection with a suit to enforce will be governed by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. The power to enforce the original divorce agreement is granted to the court that issued the divorce decree.