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What statutes govern actions in family law issues in Texas?

Texas' Family Code is the overriding set of statutes and laws that govern all aspects of divorce, including custody, support of all kinds, property division and family law in general. The topic of family law covers a great deal of ground, as is evidenced by the extensive Family Code. Chapter 9, Post-Decree Proceedings, speaks to the need for further direction and ensures that the ruling of the court is being followed in all its aspects.

Meeting your obligations after a divorce is overseen by the authorities in Texas and, if you are having problems doing this, you may need to contact a legal professional who can fight for your rights and knows the laws of Texas. For instance, if you don't hand over the property you are supposed to have given him or her, or your spouse doesn't, the one wronged may file a suit to force the issue.

You must file the suit with the same court that authorized your divorce, and there is a deadline to getting this done. The second anniversary of the divorce is the deadline to force your ex-spouse to pay what the court ordered him or her to so far as tangible personal property goes.

You can only file for a hearing to get the property the court authorized you to have -- not any additional or new property may be obtained. In other words, once the divorce is final, even if your spouse wins the lottery, you can't claim for additional tangible, real property.

You can see that there are many ins and outs to this type of filing. The law does not speak at this point to child support or spousal support, so that may be the next question you want to ask your legal professional. Someone who has a deep knowledge of this type of proceeding is invaluable at a time like this.

Source: Texas Family Code, "Chapter 9. Post-Decree Proceedings" Nov. 17, 2014

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