Contempt actions refer to legal proceedings that are initiated when a party fails to comply with a court order. These actions are typically taken by the party who has been harmed by the other party’s failure to comply with the court order.
Contempt of court occurs when a person willfully disobeys a court order or otherwise obstructs the administration of justice. In the context of family law, a common example of contempt is when a parent fails to comply with a court order related to child support, custody, or visitation.
To initiate a contempt action, the harmed party must file a motion with the court alleging that the other party has failed to comply with a court order. The court will then hold a hearing to determine whether the other party is in fact in contempt and may impose sanctions or other penalties as a result.
Sanctions for contempt can include fines, jail time, and other penalties, and are intended to encourage compliance with court orders and uphold the integrity of the court system. However, contempt actions can be complex and require the assistance of an experienced family law attorney to navigate the legal process and protect your rights.