After a hearing or a trial, when the judge makes a decision, a court order is created that describes what the judge has ordered. For example, there might be an order from a first appearance, an interim application and if the case goes that far, a trial. In some situations you may be required to write the court order yourself, and then file it with the court. This chapter will help you understand court orders and how to write them.
It is important to know that just because there is a court order, this doesn’t mean that it will always be followed. You may need to take actions to enforce the order. This chapter will help you learn about some of your enforcement options.
As you and your former spouse move forward with your lives, things will change. There might be a change of jobs, different income levels, a change of address or new partners. Over time, you or your former spouse might need to change your court order. This chapter will provide you with guidance and tips on how best to do so.