In your family law case, it is likely that at some point you will want to have a court order to make sure that your arrangements are set in stone. Whether your order is handed down by a judge or part of an agreement between parties, the effects remain the same.
The power of court orders comes from the fact that they can be enforced by judges. When one party to a family law case fails to comply with a court order, the court has several remedies at its disposal. Failure to comply with a court order may include situations such as non-payment of child support, not returning a child on time to the other parent following a visitation, or disobeying an order for payment of other money, such as spousal support.
A person who fails to comply with an order is subject to severe penalties. To begin the process of enforcing a court order, an order must for contempt of court is filed. The Court will then hold a hearing and take evidence to determine whether a party is in contempt of its order. If a person is held in contempt following a hearing, they may be fined up to $500 for each violation or sentenced to a jail term of up to six months.
The Court takes its orders seriously and expects them to be followed. If you need enforcement of a court order or find yourself facing a contempt charge, the stakes are high and retaining an experienced attorney is a necessity. At Patrick West Law Firm, we will fight for you and provide the representation you need in these cases. Please call us at 817-332-2600 or complete our online contact form to set up a meeting regarding your case. We look forward to hearing from you.