What happens after a motion for contempt is filed?
Depending on the infraction, contempt of court consequences can include fines, compensatory visitation, a modification to the custody arrangement, and in some instances even jail time. In most cases, if someone is held in contempt, the court will first give them the opportunity to make amends for the violation.
What do I do if my ex husband violates a divorce decree?
If your ex-spouse violates any aspect of the final decree of divorce, you can file a motion for contempt of court. You can do this as a pro-se litigant or through your attorney. A copy of the contempt motion has to be served upon your ex-spouse. If you have an attorney, he/she will take care of serving your ex.
Is there a statute of limitations on a divorce decree?
California is a no-fault divorce state, which allows one spouse to file for dissolution of marriage on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, even when the other spouse does not want the divorce. There is no statute of limitation laws for divorce in California in regards to filing or initiating the process.
What is contempt in a divorce case?
Contempt generally occurs when one party isn't abiding by the terms of the divorce decree. If your ex-spouse is failing to comply with the terms of your divorce ruling, including child support payments, you can file a motion to hold them in contempt of court.