Contempt is the willful violation of a Court order. Once a contempt hearing is set, there are really only two defenses:

  1. The Order was not violated at all.
  2. The Order was violated, but the violation was not willful.

If you are found to be in contempt, you may face some or all of the following consequences:

  • Payment of the other side’s attorney’s fees
  • Incarceration
  • Wage garnishment
  • Withholding child support from paychecks
  • Garnishment of tax refunds and rebate checks
  • Interception of lottery winnings
  • Liens on bank accounts, homes, and real or personal property
  • Denying, suspending or revoking passport

If you have been falsely accused of contempt, the Court can order the other party to pay your attorney’s fees.

Contempt of Visitation or Child Support

It is a violation of the Court Order to deny visitation to a non-custodial parent or to, without just cause, fail to make your child support payments in a timely manner. What both parents need to understand is the best method available to the courts to enforce it’s order(s) is to incarcerate the offending party. So you are urged to never use money or children as tools in a dispute against a former spouse. Such conduct is contrary to the best interest of the minor child(ren) and invites the wrath of judges. If either of these issues arise in your situation, we can help.

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