In Texas divorce cases, understanding procedure is very important. Missing a deadline can have serious and irreparable consequences. In a recent case, an ex-husband attempted to challenge a clarification order more than four years after it was issued.
The trial court signed a final divorce decree in April, 2011. The ex-wife moved for clarification of some of the divorce decree provisions. In August 2011, the court signed a clarification order. The court subsequently signed two orders of contempt and an income withholding order.
The ex-husband filled a bill of review more than four years after the clarification order was signed. The ex-husband alleged the clarification order was void because it was an improper modification of the divorce decree pursuant to Texas Family Code Section 9.007. The ex-wife argued the ex-husband’s position was barred because it was outside the statute of limitations and the clarification order was not void. The trial court denied the petition, and the ex-husband appealed. He argued that the trial court erred in denying the petition because he had shown the clarification order was void.