How Contempt Works
Attempt to resolve the issue on your own.
Before filing a motion of contempt with the court, you should attempt to resolve the issue on your own. Court fees can be expensive and contempt proceedings are sometimes lengthy and complicated. Thus, we recommend that you communicate with your divorced spouse. Often, he/she may have had legitimate reasons for violating the court order. If there is a continuous violation of the court order, inform your divorced spouse through writing that if he/she continues to disregard the order, then you will file a motion of contempt. This simple warning can urge your divorced spouse to work cooperatively with you, especially since that is the entire purpose of contempt.
File a motion of contempt.
If your divorced spouse continues to violate the court order after receiving your warning, you should proceed with the contempt process. File a motion of contempt with the court in a timely and appropriate manner. Wait for a date for a scheduled hearing.
Contact an attorney.
You should contact an experienced divorce lawyer immediately. In order for contempt cases to be successful, it must be proven that the divorced spouse knowingly violated the order without any legitimate justifications. This can be difficult to prove, but divorce lawyers can help you through the process by undergoing investigations, research and gathering compelling evidence, testimonial support and proof.
The court will then determine how to handle the case. It may come in the form of civic and criminal penalties, or there may be a modification of arrangements.
Divorce Lawyers in Hollywood, FL
If you need to file a motion of contempt, or if you have been found guilty of contempt, you may need the assistance of divorce lawyers. At the Law Office of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A., located in Hollywood, Florida, our attorneys can make the process easier for both spouses after a divorce. Contact our firm today for a free initial consultation.