Texas Family Lawyer Holly Davis: Why You May Have to Go Back to Court After You Finalize Your Divorce”

An interview with Ilyssa Panitz

Ilyssa Panitz
Authority Magazine
Published in
10 min readAug 26, 2021

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Attorney Holly R. Davis says, there are many ways to get educated about going back to court if you find yourself facing this situation.

…Remain realistic about who you are fighting. A lawsuit cannot change someone’s personality or make them a better parent. If you married a yeller, you are divorcing a yeller. If you married a disorganized person, you are suing a disorganized person, and you’ll be co-parenting with a disorganized person for the rest of your children’s lives. Knowing what you want the outcome to be and bouncing that off of an attorney who can tell you whether or not your expectations are reasonable is invaluable.

That moment you finalize your divorce! It’s almost as sweet as indulging in your favorite dessert (mine is Sugar Cookies or Golden Double Stuff Oreos). Before you enjoy another mouthwatering bite, without thinking about the fat/calories, a bitter reality may be what you taste instead. Just when you thought your divorce was behind you, you discover it is actually just beginning. One reason you may wind up back in court would be for contempt. Contempt is when a party who is obligated to perform a duty under the signed agreement order violates it, and the other side is asking the Judge to enforce it and make them follow what is written in this legal document. Holly R. Davis is a founding partner of Kirker Davis LLP, with over ten-years, experience handling complex litigation matters. Davis has been recognized by prestigious law organizations including the National Trial Lawyers Association, National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

Ilyssa Panitz: After people get their Judgement of Divorce, they have a tendency to think they are done because everything has been laid out on this legal document and signed by all parties and a Judge. Unfortunately, many people learn the hard way, this is not true. How can lawyers do a better job of schooling their clients that they may need to go back to

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Ilyssa Panitz
Authority Magazine

Ilyssa is the "Only" Divorce Journalist, Content Producer at The NADP, Public Speaker & Host of “The Divorce Hour with Ilyssa Panitz” on CRN Digital Talk Radio.