Contempt Proceedings in Pasadena
Information from Our Pasadena Divorce Attorneys
Contempt proceedings can arise when one party of a divorce informs the
court of the other's violation of a court order. After receiving an
award from the court, such as an increase in child support or visitation
rights, you may face opposition from the other party. Contempt hearings
can be held for various purposes related to family law matters. In many
circumstances, contempt hearings may be the most effective remedy against
the individual who is blatantly violating a court order. Whether you are
facing opposition from your former spouse regarding unpaid child support,
property settlement issues, or a visitation violation, you must take action
to protect your rights and your child's best interests. Speak with a
Pasadena divorce lawyer from our firm to pursue contempt proceedings.
Contempt proceedings are "quasi-criminal," which means that the
individual accused of contempt has a right based on the Fifth Amendment
to avoid self-incrimination. For an order of contempt against the other
party to be effective, the individual filing it must prove a cause of
action for contempt. If you are pursuing a contempt proceeding, you will
need to prove that the other party violated an order given by the court.
With the assistance of one of our Pasadena divorce attorneys from Cannon
Legal Group, you can gather evidence that your ex-spouse willfully disregarded
a court decree. If the court rules for contempt, new decrees can be established
that bind the parent found in contempt.
Given the inherent difficulty of establishing a case of contempt, courts
rarely sustain motions for contempt. To prove contempt, a party must often
find exceptions in lieu of witness testimony. Another way to provide evidence
is to present third-party declarations to establish a sustainable claim
for contempt. Navigating the legal system in order to succeed in a contempt
hearing may require professional assistance from Cannon Legal Group. If
the other party has openly violated a provision of the divorce or separation
decree, we can help you seek a resolution.
What if I am found in contempt?
After a decree has been issued, you must fully observe and comply with
all aspects of the order. If you have been found in contempt of a court-issued
decree, you can face serious sanctions. Although contempt proceedings
aim to enforce a court order, you can face punishments that are designed
to incentivize cooperation. You may be required to pay heavy fines, spend
time in jail, perform community service, or your license may be suspended.
The family law court has various options as to how court orders must be
enforced. We can help you resolve this matter to avoid the civil penalties
you could face. You must take immediate action to improve your situation, so
contact Cannon Legal Group today. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you!