Contempt — When It Makes a Difference
If an individual has the ability to pay and deliberately violates a court order for support, the courts may hold that individual in contempt for failure to pay the child support or maintenance. An individual charged with contempt faces the penalties of incarceration, restitution and fines.
People can be in contempt for not following other orders under their divorce, such as an order that they refinance or pay a debt, or pay for a child’s medical expenses or activities.
How I Can Help You?
When assisting individuals with child support and maintenance enforcement, or the enforcement of other court orders, I analyze the situation to verify that there was in fact contempt. If contempt was involved, my firm investigates what remedies are available to our client. If the individual had means to pay my client but deliberately failed to do so or spent the money on non-necessities, I represent my client in a contempt action by filing a motion for contempt and enforcement.
If you are not receiving court-ordered child support payments, spousal support payments, or maintenance, and believe the individual has the ability to pay the support, I may be able to assist you in a civil contempt action to reimburse you and punish the individual.
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