Contempt of Court
Contempt of Court in Methuen
Family Lawyer Handling Cases throughout Massachusetts
When a divorce is finalized, the parties will be required to comply with court orders. These court orders can involve child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support. If one party fails to comply with court orders, the other party can file a motion for contempt to enforce those obligations.
At DiBella Law Offices, P.C., we understand that this situation can be very stressful for you and your family. Our Methuen divorce lawyer can file a motion for contempt on your behalf. With offices in Boston, Methuen, and Burlington, we handle cases in Massachusetts. Contact us online today to learn more.
Common Examples of How Contempt Occurs
Our Methuen family law attorney provides dedicated legal representation to help our clients confront and resolve their problems so they can move forward. Contempt is generally not available to obtain property settlement payments unless they are directly related to child support or spousal support.
An individual may be held in contempt if he or she does any of the following:
- Refuses to allow visitation as stated in the custody agreement
- Refuses to return a child or children at the end of a visitation
- Fails to comply with the visitation or custody schedule
- Fails to pay child support
- Fails to pay spousal support
What Is the Result of a Contempt Action?
A successful contempt action will result in the noncompliant party being required to comply with court orders. For example, if your ex-spouse has failed to pay child support, he or she will be forced to pay support and may have to pay legal fees pertaining to the current case. In some rare instances the person in contempt may face jail time.
Methuen Divorce Attorney Handling Contempt of Court Cases
To discuss whether a court order has been violated and how you can take action to protect your rights, speak with our experienced legal team.
Schedule your free initial consultation by calling us now at (978) 327-5140. We offer Spanish translation services; servicios de traducción disponibles.