Law Office of
James A. Robertson
In Family Law Court, Experience Matters!
Law Office of James A. Robertson
In Family Law Court, Experience Matters!
Former 5-Year Brazoria County Family Law Judge
Once a court order is in place to govern issues such as child custody, child support, visitation, or spousal support, the parties involved are obligated to follow the order as long as it is in effect. Anyone who fails to comply with an active court order could face legal consequences, including being found in contempt of court. If a person is falling behind in custody or spousal support payments for example, the court could use a number of enforcement methods to remedy the situation.
The court does however, acknowledge a change in circumstances and will usually modify the existing court order if valid reasons for doing so are presented. In situations where a court order modification is required, it may be in your best interest to obtain an experienced modifications attorney like James A. Robertson to handle the matter for you.
Let a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist Handle Your Modifications Matter
The reason for getting an experienced modifications attorney to handle your situation is that court order modifications must be carefully drafted with specific legal language in order to protect the rights of the parties.
Then they must be filed with the Brazoria County court, where a persuasive case must be offered to show proof that one of the involved parties has had a substantial change in circumstances. The evidence that is presented must support the request to the court and must be properly acquired and documented.
Brazoria County modifications attorney James Robertson has extensive experience with court order modifications and knows what it takes to build a compelling case for the court. With over 23 years of experience, five of them as a family law judge, he guides Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Rosharon, Danbury, Iowa Colony and Liverpool, Texas clients in how to best achieve the desired modification of their order.
Grounds for Modifying a Divorce Court Order
Robertson can confidently and legally call himself a specialist in the field of family law as he is among the select attorneys who have achieved certification by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
In order for the Brazoria County court to consider modifying an existing divorce order, a substantial change of circumstances must be established such as:
For example, if a parent who has primary custody of a child needs to move to a different city to start a new job, they will have to submit a petition to the court to modify the custody agreement. Similarly, a non-primary parent can request a modification to increase visitations or to claim custody rights.
A parent can seek to reduce their obligation to pay child support if changes in their financial situation have made it impossible to continue paying the same amount, or if there is evidence that the other party does not require the same level of financial support due to an inheritance, a substantial pay increase, or other such circumstance.
It is not sufficient to simply get the other parent’s agreement to the modification, as this is not enforceable in the event that a former spouse changes their mind. In this situation one could be charged with contempt of court for failing to abide by the court ordered agreement.
The bottom line is that if the modification can be shown to be in the best interest of the child, then the court will likely grant it to the applicant. But it must all be properly documented, presented and filed in order to be enforceable by law. This is where a qualified modifications lawyer like James A. Robertson can help.
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From our home offices in Pearland, Texas the Robertson Law Firm serves Pearland, Alvin, Manvel, Rosharon, Iowa Colony, Danbury, and Liverpool Texas.
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