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 check
    • Interception of lottery winnings Liens on bank accounts, homes, and real or personal property
    • Denying, suspending or revoking passport.

Contempt of Visitation

If you have been falsely accused of contempt, the court can order the other party to pay your attorney’s fees. It is a violation of the court order to deny visitation to a non-custodial parent. If this is happening to you, we can help. If the court finds the custodial parent in violation of the order, that parent may face a fine, incarceration, or both.