A first-year Houston family law judge's resignation has left in limbo hundreds of divorce, child support and custody cases dating back to 2012 and could cost litigants additional money to finalize them.

The Houston Chronicle reports Denise Pratt, the former judge in family court, left behind nearly 300 court orders stacked on the floor and desk of her 311th District Court.

Pratt resigned late last month and suspended her re-election campaign after Harris County prosecutors began investigating her dismissal of hundreds of cases without notice. At the time, she said her departure resulted from "relentless attacks" by her political opponents.

Harris County Administrative Judge David Farr told the newspaper many families may face additional legal costs in finalizing the cases and that the situation is "random chaos."