Texans who find it necessary to enforce the terms of their divorce decrees and annulments may be able to rely on litigation. These lawsuits usually adhere to similar structures as civil lawsuits, for instance, courts may find parties in contempt or award attorney's fees; the difference lies in the fact that the orders issued in such proceedings generally pertain to domestic relations and prior agreements.
According to the state's Family Code, the power to enforce annulments and divorce decrees resides with the courts that originally issued them. It should be noted that these courts are legally limited in the types of actions they can take in pursuit of resolution; making alterations and changes to original decree terms, such as property division, is expressly forbidden. Former spouses do retain the right, however, to file division lawsuits over property that wasn't split in an earlier agreement.