ABOUT VAIL FAMILY LAW
Robert W. Vail is an attorney and the owner of the law firm Vail Family Law PLLC. His practice focuses on various aspects of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, modification and enforcement of court orders, paternity establishment, and adoption. Rob is also a trained mediator for family law matters and is on the Idaho Supreme Court’s list of approved child custody mediators.
Rob earned a Bachelor's degree in Family Sciences from BYU and his Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School. After law school , Rob was employed for three years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Cathy R. Silak - first at the Idaho Court of Appeals, and then at the Idaho Supreme Court. In 1994, Rob began working for Howell Law Offices, and in 1997, Rob and Michael B. Howell formed the partnership Howell & Vail, LLP. For over 23 years Rob has focused his personal practice in the area of family law matters, including more than 20 years as a special deputy attorney for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare handling paternity and child support matters. In addition, Rob also assisted in the firm’s extensive creditor's rights practice. In 2017, Rob open his own law firm, where he continues to focus his practice on helping people find effective legal solutions in all types of family law matters.
Modification and Enforcement of Orders
Court orders regarding the custody and support of minor children can and should be modified when circumstances change such that the existing order no longer makes sense. Changes in employment, income, household composition, mental or physical health, children's needs, criminal activity, drug addictions, relocating residences, and many other changes may justify a modification. Only a judge can modify a prior order of custody and/or support. And it is important to understand that child support orders can only be modified prospectively from the month after you file a motion to modify. So delaying filing the motion can have huge consequences.
There are several legal means to enforce the terms of a custody or support order. Judgments and garnishments can be obtained to recover child support arrears. Contempt sanctions, including jail time and fines, can be imposed. State issued licenses can be suspended. If you need help getting the other party to comply with the court's orders, or you need help modifying a court order, contact Vail Family Law today to schedule a free consultation.