What happens when contempt charges are 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 are the consequences of contempt?
A judge may impose sanctions such as a fine or jail for someone found guilty of contempt of court, which makes contempt of court a process crime. Judges in common law systems usually have more extensive power to declare someone in contempt than judges in civil law systems.
What is a contempt action in family law?
The word “contempt” is used to describe the situation when an individual has intentionally disobeyed a court order. In family law, a finding of contempt is a way for the Court to enforce child support, spousal support, custody and visitation orders that a party has violated.