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Understanding Contempt of Court After Divorce

Posted on: August 28th, 2013 by Scott Law

When the court grants a divorce in Arizona, it has the power to enforce all orders that are entered for the couple of the divorce. If one of the parties violates any part of the agreement without the court’s permission, then that party is said to be in contempt of the court and can have sanctions issued against them.  These sanctions can range from monetary orders to incarceration.

 

If your former spouse has violated the court’s decree, your Glendale Divorce Attorney can petition the Court to enforce the Court’s orders and hold the other party in contempt. The copy of the Petition is then served to your ex-spouse. Your attorney will work to clearly specify the violation committed by your former spouse. Your attorney will collect evidence to prove the allegation in court. The most common violations seen are in the areas of visitation, child support, child custody, and property distribution.

 

If your ex-partner is found responsible by the court, then he or she is usually ordered to comply with the orders of the Decree and may be required to pay for your attorneys fees and costs or have other sanctions assessed against them.  The violating spouse can avoid a jail term if he or she immediately complies or asks for a reasonable amount of time in order to do so.

 

Proving contempt of court after divorce is not easy.  If you are interested in more information on contempt and enforcement proceedings contact the Glendale Arizona Law Office of Scott Law Offices for your free consultation.