Contempt Motions

What can lead to a Contempt motion in family court?

Violating the residential time in a parenting plan or residential schedule might be contempt.
• one parent refuses to allow visitation stated in the parenting plan, or
• one parent will not return the child to the other at the end of visitation, or
• one parent fails to make reasonable efforts to require a child to visit the other parent at the times stated in the parenting plan.

Contempt can happen by action (such as violating a restraining order) or by failure to act (such as not paying ordered child support or spousal maintenance).

You can also use contempt to force the other party to deliver property to you, if a court order required the delivery.

You can use contempt during a divorce, parentage, or third party custody action to enforce final orders from a court or an administrative agency. You can also use contempt to enforce temporary orders and restraining orders.

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