Contempt

From time to time, an ex-spouse or ex-partner may fail or refuse to comply with an order of the Probate and Family Court.  For example, a party may fail to pay child support or alimony, to abide by a custody or visitation schedule, or to comply with the terms of a divorce agreement.  A party who violates a court order for alimony, visitation, or child support is said to be in "contempt".

Our family law attorneys can assist you in preparing and filing a complaint for contempt in the appropriate court which seeks to use the power of the court to enforce an order or agreement.  In some instances, the court may force the party in contempt to pay the attorney's fees of the aggrieved party.  If you find yourself unable to comply with a court order, our family law attorneys can assist you in seeking an appropriate modification or defending you in the face of a complaint for contempt.

In addition to traditional litigation, our licensed family law mediators can work with both parties to find an equitable and respectful resolution to their dispute over enforcement of a court order or agreement.


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