There are several reasons why a person may move to file a contempt of court citation in a family court.
Causes for Contempt of Course Action
The most common cause of contempt of court citations is failure to pay child support or spousal maintenance. If you have not made these payments in accordance with court directives, you may be held in contempt.
Apart from these, you may also be held in contempt for failure to pay marital debts, including credit card bills, and other expenses.
A contempt of court action may be triggered if you fail to involve your ex-spouse in the decisions you make involving your child.
In a family law situation, a contempt of court order can also be triggered if you violate a protective order by the court.
Apart from child support and alimony -related causes, a person may also be held in contempt if he fails to comply with a parenting and visitation time schedule that has been established by a court order. For example, if a parent does not return the child at the end of the visitation period as he or she has been required to do under a court-ordered schedule, he/she can be held in contempt.
These actions can also result if a parent does not make reasonable efforts to make the child spend time with the other parent in accordance with the terms of the parenting plan.
As part of the divorce agreement, the person may be required to indemnify the ex-spouse for certain debts. Failure to indemnify the ex-spouse in such cases may also lead to a contempt of court action.
Sometimes, a person may also be in indirect contempt of the court. For instance, when a person arrives intoxicated to a court hearing or talks back to the judge, he can be held in contempt.
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