The American court system is designed with specific checks and balances to punish inappropriate behavior. Contempt of court is one such way that the courts address people and actions that defy court orders.
If you currently have an enforceable court order with a spouse or ex-spouse, contempt of court could have an influence on your life. Use the following details to educate yourself on this issue, prevent your own contempt of court problems, and be prepared to act if the other person involved in your case shows signs of contempt of court.
What Is Contempt of Court?
Contempt of court is any violation of a family law court order, such as a court order for child support, spousal support, child custody, child visitation, and splitting of assets. Contempt is named as such because it is seen as a willful disregard or of disrespect for the authority of a court of law. In family court, contempt most commonly occurs in the form of failure to pay child support or follow a custody order. Continue reading “What Is Contempt of Court?”