In some situations, clients may be charged with contempt of court because of violations of court orders. You can be found in contempt with regard to both temporary orders and final judgments. In the family law context, contempt issues are particularly common with regard to:
- Failure to pay child support
- Visitation violations (including failure to allow a parent visitation)
- Failure to pay alimony
- Child custody disputes
In most circumstances, there is a perfectly valid reason that a court order was violated, but clients may struggle to explain themselves effectively.
Contempt charges can result in a restriction of rights or fines, including a change in physical custody over their children. Unfortunately, many clients do not realize that they can fight these charges and avoid these penalties in some circumstances. Telling a client’s story properly, with relevant evidence, can make the difference in some situations.
A family law lawyer in Worcester can help clients explain their circumstances to decrease the penalties involved in contempt proceedings. Not having competent counsel to help in the fight can negatively affect the families for the foreseeable future.