It is a reasonable assumption that after a divorce is finalized and the court has sorted through issues of child support, spousal support, child custody and visitation that things would run smoothly under the influence of the legal orders.
However, this is not always the case, and other avenues are needed to compel a former spouse to comply with court orders. A court order is a legal decree in which the court dictates that a person must carry out a specific action. Violating such orders is punishable in California by a fine or imprisonment.
In California, a divorce judgment can only be as strong as the execution and enforcement of the court-mandated orders. Violating a court order, particularly in a family court where matters of enforcing child support/custody are concerned, is a foolish thing to do.
Courts issue orders compelling people to do certain things for a wide variety of purposes, but all share at least one thing in common – violation is subject to penalty.
If an individual violates the divorce decree, the other party can seek remedial measures by filing a contempt motion with the court. Defying a court order is considered contempt of court. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Failure to pay child support
- Failure to pay spousal support
- Failure to comply with the court-ordered visitation schedule
If your ex-spouse has violated or is violating divorce orders, or if you are being accused of violating a divorce order, contact an experienced divorce attorney at the family law offices of Holstrom, Block & Parke for the care, support, and personal attention you need at this time.
Failure to meet the terms of a divorce can have serious and unwanted consequences. For more general information about divorce in California visit us online to our Divorce Practice Center. To schedule an appointment and speak to an attorney submit our contact form or call one of our law offices during normal business hours.
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