Contempt is the willful refusal to follow or abide by a valid Court Order.
Contempt is what the Court finds when you 1) do NOT DO what you have been Ordered to do, or when you 2) do what you have been Ordered NOT to DO.
The most common finding of Contempt is failure to pay child support. A willful failure to pay child support usually leads to a finding of Contempt and if repeated can lead to very bad results. It is the most common contempt ground leading to incarceration. A finding of contempt can result in fines, the payment of the other side’s fees and possibly incarceration.
However, you can be in Contempt of any valid Court Order if you do not follow it. This can include violating a No Contact Order– meaning you are to not have contact or communications with a certain person and if you do you may be held in contempt.
So you can be held in contempt for NOT doing what you should, ie: pay support or for doing what you should NOT, ie: contacting a person you are barred from contacting.
So, what do you do when there is a valid Court Order? Follow it to the letter.
What happens if you don’t? Well, you better bring your toothbrush…
Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody Lawyer in Mississippi and reminds you to NOT do things that can lead to your incarceration.