While many clients think the trial resolves everything, most lawyers know that is not the case. If the mother of your children was difficult before the trial, the trial is not going to make her into a different person. She will still be difficult, you will have disputes regarding the children and you will need to resolve them somehow.
The court has the power to enforce its orders or the agreement of the parties. So the court can order a mother to allow visitation or can order a father to pay child support. However, the court will only do this if one of the parties asks it to do so by filing a petition. The other party will then have an opportunity to respond and a hearing to present their side to the judge.
It is always better to resolve disputes yourselves if possible. If you have a settlement agreement, you can include a provision that disputes will be submitted to mediation before taking the other party back to court.
You can also include a Parenting Coordinator in an agreement. This would be someone that the parties can take their disputes to and let them make a decision. This is less costly and time consuming than litigation.
If you cannot resolve your dispute through one of these methods, then you must go back to court and ask the judge to decide. In some cases, it may be like trying your case all over again. In addition to resolving post-trial disputes, the court has the power to modify legal custody, physical custody, timesharing and child support after the trial, if circumstances change and the modification would be in the best interests of the child.