Post Judgment Contempt
Once a Court issues orders regarding your divorce, custody/parenting time and child support, you are required to abide by those orders. However, there are times when a party will not comply with their obligation under the Court orders and a Complaint for Contempt may be filed with the Court to force compliance with the orders.
When a party fails to abide by the Court orders, despite having the ability to do so, they may be held in contempt of court. The penalties for Contempt of Court are serious and may include fines and imprisonment.
Common Examples of Contempt
- Failure to pay court ordered child support, or contribute to other child related expenses (e.g., extracurricular or education expenses), either the full amount or on time;
- Failure to pay court ordered alimony, either the full amount or on time;
- Failure to make a child available for parenting time or refusing to return the child when your parenting time has ended;
- Failure to provide health insurance for the child or former spouse as ordered by the Court;
- Failure to transfer property as ordered in a divorce decree.
The family lawyers at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins have years of experience initiating and defending against contempt proceedings throughout Massachusetts.
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