CONTEMPT ACTIONS Attorney Aisha Blanchard Collins
When a court issues an order during or after a divorce, such as an official visitation schedule or regular support payments, it becomes legally binding. This means you must abide by the conditions laid out in the order, and if you willfully disobey, you can be subject to court penalties. This is known as being held in contempt. The potential punishment for contempt charges in Georgia vary depending on the type of contempt and the purpose of the contempt charge.
- In divorce, contempt is most often a violation of a court order.
- Contempt can result in both civil and criminal penalties.
- Contempt is meant to pressure the opposing party into compliance with the order, not as a punishment.
Contempt takes two forms: criminal contempt and civil contempt. Actions that one might normally associate with the phrase "contempt of court," such as a party causing a serious disruption in the courtroom, yelling at the judge, or refusing to testify before a grand jury, would often constitute criminal contempt of court. As a general rule, civil contempt charges are designed to influence conduct in the future, and criminal contempt charges are designed to punish some action in the past. When a court issues an order during or after a divorce, such as an official visitation schedule or regular support payments, it becomes legally binding. This means you must abide by the conditions laid out in the order, and if you willfully disobey, you can be subject to court penalties. This is known as being held in contempt.
If you have been accused of contempt or need to file a contempt action, we urge you to contact the Blanchard Collins Law Firm as soon as possible for an initial free legal consultation to start protecting your rights today.
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