I've been a lawyer for about three decades. I've recently gotten more dissatisfied with the practice of family law. As a Custody attorney Houston, my goal is to help my clients get through a tough period in their lives. Whether you have gone through the emotional agony of a divorce or know someone who has, you are well aware of the numerous concerns that must be handled. Occasionally, no matter how hard an attorney works for his client, certain outcomes are not possible. Because a Houston child support attorney is only one component of the puzzle, it is frequently beyond his or her control.
Several clients who have been divorced for several years have contacted me in the last several months. They were able to resolve their dispute and resume their lives. Each of these clients was overjoyed with the settlement they received as a result of my efforts. They had gotten to the bottom of a difficult matter, and they no longer had to be concerned about their financial stability. These clients (all ex-wives) were supposed to get alimony and child support. They were all relieved to be able to move on with their lives. In addition, I believe their ex-husbands thought their agreements were reasonable.
The harsh truth of life quickly struck in. Their former wives were unable to meet their financial obligations for a variety of reasons. As a result, residences were foreclosed upon, private schools for minor children became an unattainable luxury, and future plans vanished. So, what are the options? The discovery process has commenced after motions for contempt were filed. We're currently looking for assets that can be utilized to fulfill these previously agreed-upon responsibilities. However, there is an old adage that "you can't draw blood from a stone." Contempt will not be granted unless the nonpayment is demonstrated to be "willful." It must be demonstrated to a judge that the person had the financial means but chose not to pay child support or alimony. We are all aware that the economy has had a significant impact on a large number of people. Many people who agreed to pay a support obligation can no longer meet that obligation due to a loss of income or a loss of employment. So, despite a successful agreement at the time the divorce was filed that resulted in a fair and equitable settlement, both parties are back at square one.
Therein lays the source of the frustration. No matter how hard an attorney works to get a good result for his or her client, things happen that are out of our control.