Maryland Contempt Attorneys
“Contempt of court” is any action (or lack thereof) that disregards the court’s authority, disrupts the court, or obstructs the ability of the court to function. There are two types of contempt of court: civil and criminal. Family law cases generally involve civil contempt of court, where one party fails to uphold their portion of an order from the court. Criminal contempt, on the other hand, typically involves an actual disruption of the courtroom proceedings.
What to do if You are Accused of Contempt
If you are currently being held in contempt of court, it is likely that your ex-spouse, former partner, or a family member has accused you of violating a court order. Court orders, including those of child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and other types of settlement agreements, are expected to be honored by those stated in the documents. When a person fails to abide by the rules as set in this agreement either at a collaborative divorce meeting or a family court, the court will act.
Legal steps following a contempt of court accusation:
- You must receive notification of the charges against you.
- You have the right to work with qualified legal counsel.
- You have the right to a hearing regarding the charge.
What to Do if Your Ex-Spouse or Former Partner Violates a Court Order
If your ex-spouse or former partner violates a court order, you can take immediate legal action to protect your rights. If, for example, you are entitled to child support, but your ex hasn’t paid, you can take legal action to recover the support your child needs.
Steps to hold your former partner in contempt of court:
- A valid court order must exist and apply to your ex-spouse or former partner.
- Your ex-spouse or former partner must know about the order.
- Your ex-spouse or former partner must willfully violate the court’s order.
If you or a loved one needs help with a contempt of court issue, contact us immediately for a free case evaluation. The sooner we can get access to your case file, the stronger our chances of getting you a favorable result.