Contempt of Court in New York Divorce Case

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“Contempt of court” is any action (or lack thereof) that disregards the court’s authority, disrupts the court, or obstructs the ability of the court to function. There are two types of contempt of court: civil and criminal. Family law cases generally involve civil contempt of court, where one party fails to uphold their portion of an order from the court. Criminal contempt, on the other hand, typically involves an actual disruption of the courtroom proceedings.

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What to do if You’re Accused of Contempt

If you are currently being held in contempt of court, it is likely that your ex-spouse or another family member has accused you of violating a court order. Court orders, including those of child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and other types of settlement agreements, are expected to be honored by those stated in the documents. When a person fails to abide by the rules as set in this agreement either at a collaborative divorce meeting or a family court, the court will take action.

Legal steps following a contempt of court accusation:

  • You must receive notification of the charges against you.
  • You have the right to work with qualified legal counsel.
  • You have the right to a hearing regarding the charge.

What to Do if Your Ex Violations a Court Order

If your ex-spouse or former partner violates a court order, you can take immediate legal action to protect your rights. If, for example, you are entitled to child support but your ex hasn’t paid, you can take legal action to recover the support your child needs.

Steps to hold your former partner in contempt of court:

  • A valid court order must exists and apply to your ex.
  • Your former partner must know about the order.
  • Your ex must willfully violate the court’s order.

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