Contempt of a Court Order
Worcester Attorneys for Contempt of a Court Order
Family Law Firm in Massachusetts
Contempt of a court order generally refers to conduct that violates the authority or dignity of a court by willfully disobeying a court order. If you are facing a complaint of contempt in Massachusetts, the Worcester family law attorneys at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP have extensive experience dealing with contempt of court order hearings.
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Complaints for contempt of a court order may arise for situations involving:
- Noncompliance with a visitation schedule
Failure to pay child support
Unwillingness to divide marital property as ordered by the court
Unilaterally making a decision about the welfare of a child despite joint custody
When the court enters an order or judgment, it is expected that both parties follow the court’s decision. However, sometimes one party may violate an order or judgment and the other injured party may want to seek relief from the court. When this happens, the injured party may file a complaint for civil contempt and ask that the court take action.
Proving Contempt of a Court Order
In order for court to find a party in contempt, there must be a clear order or judgment that was purposefully and willingly violated. A party may unknowingly violate a court order or judgment because it is vague or confusing, and he or she will most likely not be held in contempt. However, if the order or judgment is easy to understand and a party chooses to act contrary to the obligations imposed by the order or judgment, then he or she will likely be found in contempt of court.
If the court finds one of the parties in contempt, the judge has the authority to impose sanctions at his or her discretion. Because of the seriousness of the penalties, it is important to have experienced legal assistance throughout the process. Our Worcester family lawyers can work hard to protect your rights and seek a favorable outcome for your case.