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Enforcement of court orders

Once a court issues a Court Order, the provisions within that Court Order are enforceable by Contempt proceedings. This means that the Court can hold a person accountable if he/she does not abide by the terms of an order.

What needs to be proved for the court to hold a person in contempt?
What happens if someone is found in contempt of court?


What needs to be proved for the Court to hold a person in contempt?

  • In order to find someone in contempt of court, the Court must find that (1) the person violated a court order, (2) the violation of the Court order was willful

What happens if someone is found in contempt of court?

  • If the Court finds that someone is in contempt, there is an arsenal of remedies that the court can impose upon the violator. Some of these remedies include:
    • The Court can order the violator to comply with the Court Order
    • The Court can order the violator to “purge” the contempt by paying a certain sum of money or doing a specific action
    • The Court can incarcerate the violator
    • The Court can order that the violator pay the other party’s attorney’s fees

 

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