Holding A Noncompliant Party In Contempt Of Court

It is a sad reality that many going through the process of legal separation or divorce face the possibility of dealing with contempt — in other words, a spouse, ex or former partner who's defying a court order by refusing to pay child or spousal support, or pay a debt, or fail to follow the parenting plan can be brought before a judge to explain his or her failure or refusal to comply with the court order. In these situations, one can feel helpless, frustrated, and parties and children can be significantly affected by the other party's noncompliance with clear court orders.

If you are in this scenario, you need an experienced divorce attorney to stand in your corner and advocate on your behalf. At SekellaLaw, PLLC, our experienced lawyers provide individual attention to each of our clients and will walk alongside you during this process. It is our duty to skillfully appeal to the proper authorities in cases of contempt, and we are quick to do so.

What Is Contempt?

Contempt of court arises where one party is not complying with a clear court order. When such noncompliance occurs, contempt is at hand. Common factors courts use to determine the existence of contempt includes:

  • Willfulness
  • Intent
  • Lack of good cause

When it's established that a party is in contempt of a court order, the court can issue orders against the noncompliant party. These orders may involve compliance with the court order, an award of unpaid funds, reasonable costs, attorney fees to the suffering party and potentially other penalties.

Legal Representation For Contempt

Whether you are on either side of a contempt, you likely only have one opportunity to "get it right," and therefore you need to consult with and obtain the right legal help. At SekellaLaw, PLLC, our Manchester, New Hampshire, divorce attorneys are passionate about advocating for your rights and stand ready to pick up your case.

Contact us online or call 603-505-4062 to schedule your preliminary case review. We are committed to protecting your rights and developing a strategy that's based on your situation, your needs and your goals.