Norman v. Norman, No. C-3991

CourtSupreme Court of Texas
Writing for the CourtPER CURIAM
Citation692 S.W.2d 655
PartiesWilliam E. NORMAN, Petitioner, v. Marsha D. NORMAN, Respondent.
Docket NumberNo. C-3991
Decision Date03 July 1985

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692 S.W.2d 655
William E. NORMAN, Petitioner,
v.
Marsha D. NORMAN, Respondent.
No. C-3991.
Supreme Court of Texas.
July 3, 1985.

William C. Odeneal, William E. Norman, Dallas, for petitioner.

Burt Barr, Dallas, for respondent.

PER CURIAM.

This is an attempted appeal from an order finding an alleged contemnor not to be in contempt of court. The managing conservator, Marsha D. Norman, began the present proceeding by filing a motion for contempt complaining that the possessory conservator, William E. Norman, was in arrears in his child support obligation. William filed a reply in which he pleaded as an affirmative defense that Marsha had voluntarily relinquished possession of their son to him and that he was supporting the child. See TEX.FAM.CODE § 14.09(e) (Vernon Supp.1985).

The trial court found William to be in arrears, but did not hold him in contempt because it found William had, in good faith, erroneously relied on § 14.09(e). The court of appeals, en banc, affirmed the judgment concluding that § 14.09(e) was no defense under the present facts because Marsha had not voluntarily relinquished possession of the child to William. Three judges dissented. 683 S.W.2d 548.

The court of appeals has erred in assuming jurisdiction over the present matter because an order finding a party not in contempt is not a final, appealable judgment. Wagner v. Warnasch, 156 Tex. 335, 295 S.W.2d 890 (1956). This court has jurisdiction to vacate the judgment of the court of appeals when it erroneously exercises its jurisdiction. Baker v. Hansen, 679 S.W.2d 480 (Tex.1984); McCauley v. Consolidated Underwriters, 157 Tex. 475, 304 S.W.2d 265 (1957).

Pursuant to TEX.R.CIV.P. 483, we grant the application for writ of error, and without hearing oral argument, reverse the judgment of the court of appeals and dismiss the appeal.

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  • Ramirez v. State, No. 08-96-00409-CR
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • April 24, 1998
    ...to entertain an appeal from a refusal to hold a party in contempt because it is not a final, appealable judgment. Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex.1985)(per curiam); Velez v. DeLara, 905 S.W.2d 43, 46 (Tex.App.--San Antonio 1995, no writ). To the extent Appellants complain of the ......
  • Salas v. Chris Christensen Sys. Inc., No. 10-11-00107-CV
    • United States
    • Texas Court of Appeals
    • September 14, 2011
    ...on direct appeal a trial court's contempt order because such anPage 34order is not a final, appealable judgment. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex. 1985); In re Office of Attorney Gen. of Tex., 215 S.W.3d 913, 915-16 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2007, orig. proceeding); Chambers v. Ro......
  • In re B.A.C., No. 10-02-00243-CV.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • March 31, 2004
    ...holding him in contempt. We lack jurisdiction over the issue. A contempt order is not an appealable final judgment. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex.1985) (per curiam); Tex. Dep't of Human Resources v. Hebert, 621 S.W.2d 466, 467 (Tex.Civ.App.-Waco 1981, no writ); Hatton v. Gr......
  • In re Krueger, NO. 03-12-00838-CV
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • May 16, 2013
    ...a last resort."Id. (internal citations omitted). An order finding a party in contempt is not an appealable order. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex. 1985). Therefore, the only remedies available to the contemnor are obtaining a writ of mandamus if the contemnor is not confined,......
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  • Ramirez v. State, No. 08-96-00409-CR
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • April 24, 1998
    ...to entertain an appeal from a refusal to hold a party in contempt because it is not a final, appealable judgment. Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex.1985)(per curiam); Velez v. DeLara, 905 S.W.2d 43, 46 (Tex.App.--San Antonio 1995, no writ). To the extent Appellants complain of the ......
  • Salas v. Chris Christensen Sys. Inc., No. 10-11-00107-CV
    • United States
    • Texas Court of Appeals
    • September 14, 2011
    ...on direct appeal a trial court's contempt order because such anPage 34order is not a final, appealable judgment. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex. 1985); In re Office of Attorney Gen. of Tex., 215 S.W.3d 913, 915-16 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 2007, orig. proceeding); Chambers v. Ro......
  • In re B.A.C., No. 10-02-00243-CV.
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • March 31, 2004
    ...holding him in contempt. We lack jurisdiction over the issue. A contempt order is not an appealable final judgment. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex.1985) (per curiam); Tex. Dep't of Human Resources v. Hebert, 621 S.W.2d 466, 467 (Tex.Civ.App.-Waco 1981, no writ); Hatton v. Gr......
  • In re Krueger, NO. 03-12-00838-CV
    • United States
    • Court of Appeals of Texas
    • May 16, 2013
    ...a last resort."Id. (internal citations omitted). An order finding a party in contempt is not an appealable order. See Norman v. Norman, 692 S.W.2d 655, 655 (Tex. 1985). Therefore, the only remedies available to the contemnor are obtaining a writ of mandamus if the contemnor is not confined,......
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