Contempt is the willful violation of a court order. Once a contempt hearing is set, there are really only two defenses:
- The order was not violated at all.
- 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
- 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.