JUSTIN H. HAYES, P.C.
THE RIGHT FAMILY LAWYER MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
Contempt Actions to enforce prior Court Orders
Failing to follow an order of the court can lead to serious consequences, including fines and jail time. At the very least, you must be able to show that you did everything you could to follow order, and did not simply ignore it. For example, if you deny your child access to an ex-spouse who was awarded visitation, you must carefully document your reasons why. If you can no longer make child support or alimony payments, pay as much as you can and document the changes in your circumstances that happened so quickly that you couldn't seek a modification of support first. Judges take contempt cases very seriously, as they involve a previous judge's or their own lawfully entered orders. Having an experienced lawyer by your side is critical whether you are seeking or fighting against contempt actions.