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Natalie Ann Stroik v. David Lee Stroik
Case Number: 02-21-00207-CV
Judge: Per Curiam
Second Appellate District of Texas at Fort Worth
On appeal from the 367th District Court
Denton County, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas Divorce lawyer represented Appellee with petitioning to enforce certain provisions of the decree by contempt.
The parties entered into an agreed divorce decree, and Appellee David Lee
Stroik later petitioned to enforce certain provisions of the decree by contempt; he also
sought, as alternative relief, clarification of any decree provision that the trial court
found to be too ambiguous to be enforced by contempt. See Tex. Fam. Code Ann.
§§ 9.001(a), 9.008(b). In June 2021, the trial court rendered an interlocutory order that
granted a temporary injunction and clarified certain terms of the parties’ divorce
decree. The temporary injunction prohibited the parties from selling the marital
residence unless they mutually agreed in writing to do so or until further order of the
trial court. Appellant Natalie Ann Stroik then filed this interlocutory appeal to
challenge the granting of the temporary injunction. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code
Ann. § 51.014(a)(4) (allowing appeal from interlocutory order granting temporary
In August 2021, Appellee questioned our jurisdiction over this appeal,
contending that the appeal was barred by Family Code Section 6.507. Tex. Fam. Code
Ann. § 6.507 (providing that no temporary order issued pursuant to Subchapter F of
the Family Code––which applies to pending suits for dissolution of a marriage, see id.
§§ 6.501–.502––is subject to interlocutory appeal “except an order appointing a
receiver”); see Hendren v. Lazar, 641 S.W.3d 814, 819 (Tex. App.—El Paso 2022, no
While this appeal was pending, the trial court entered an order appointing a
receiver to take charge and possession of the marital residence, which Appellant
2 In December 2021, the trial court rendered a final judgment,
from which Appellant also appealed.3 The receiver subsequently contracted to sell the
marital residence, and the trial court entered an agreed Order Approving Sale by
Receiver on April 5, 2022. After the sale, on June 21, 2022, the trial court entered an
pet.) (“Courts have held that the [Section 6.507] prohibition against interlocutory
appeal under the Family Code takes precedence over section 51.014(a)(4) of the Civil
Practice and Remedies Code.”). We requested a response from Appellant, who
clarified that “[t]his is an appeal from an order granting a temporary injunction.” She
also contended that the otherwise-permissible interlocutory appeal of the temporaryinjunction order was not prohibited by Section 6.507 because the underlying suit is a
post-divorce enforcement suit to which that section does not apply, i.e., the trial
court’s temporary-injunction order was not issued in a pending divorce under
Subchapter F. See Tex. Fam. Code Ann. § 9.001(b) (“Except as otherwise provided in
this chapter, a suit to enforce shall be governed by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure
applicable to the filing of an original lawsuit.”). After reviewing Appellant’s response,
we continued this interlocutory appeal. Because no statute authorizes interlocutory
appeal of the decree clarifications, this court did not have jurisdiction to address them
via interlocutory appeal when this appeal was filed.
We assigned cause number 02-22-00060-CV to that appeal.
That appeal is pending in cause number 02-22-00092-CV; this court may
review the propriety of any non-mooted interlocutory rulings in that cause number.
See MacDonald v. Harris Methodist HEB Hosp., No. 02-10-00267-CV, 2011 WL 2651991,
at *2 (Tex. App.––Fort Worth July 7, 2011, no pet.) (mem. op.) (explaining that notice
of appeal from final judgment need not identify every adverse interlocutory ruling
merged into the final judgment that an appellant intends to challenge); see also Bonsmara
Nat. Beef Co. v. Hart of Tex. Cattle Feeders, LLC, 603 S.W.3d 385, 390 (Tex. 2020)
(“When a trial court renders a final judgment, the court’s interlocutory orders merge
into the judgment and may be challenged by appealing that judgment.”).
agreed Order Confirming Sale of Real Property, Approving Final Account,
Reimbursement of Bond to Receiver, and Discharging Receiver.
A controversy must exist between the parties at every stage of the legal
proceeding, including the appeal; if a controversy ceases to exist, the case becomes
moot. See In re Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc., 166 S.W.3d 732, 737 (Tex. 2005) (orig.
proceeding); Bd. of Adjustment of San Antonio v. Wende, 92 S.W.3d 424, 427 (Tex. 2002);
see also Elec. Reliability Council of Tex., Inc. v. Panda Power Generation Infrastructure Fund,
LLC, 619 S.W.3d 628, 634–35 (Tex. 2021) (holding that a case becomes moot when
(1) a justiciable controversy no longer exists between the parties, (2) the parties no
longer have a legally cognizable interest in the case’s outcome, (3) the court can no
longer grant the requested relief or otherwise affect the parties’ rights or interests, or
(4) any decision would constitute an impermissible advisory opinion). Courts must
dismiss moot cases for want of jurisdiction. See Heckman v. Williamson Cnty., 369
S.W.3d 137, 162 (Tex. 2012).
After the sale, we dismissed the appeal from the receivership-appointment
order as moot on Appellant’s unopposed motion. See Stroik v. Stroik, No. 02-22-
00060-CV, 2022 WL 2979172, at *1 (Tex. App.––Fort Worth July 28, 2022, no pet.)
This interlocutory appeal of the temporary injunction prohibiting the sale of
the marital residence is moot.
Outcome: Accordingly, we dismiss the appeal.