If you are seeking enforcement of a court order, our attorneys can assist you. In divorce, civil contempt is most often a willful violation of a court order. Civil Contempt can result in both civil and criminal penalties. When a court issues an order during or after a divorce, such as a visitation or support order, it becomes legally binding. This means you must abide by the conditions laid out in the order, and, if you willfully disobey, you can be subject to court penalties. This is known as “being held in contempt.”
Contempt in most divorce cases usually involves intentionally disobeying court orders — both temporary and those found in the final decree.