Enforcement of Court Orders in Panama City
Don't Fight with Your Ex - Let An Experienced Attorney Fight for You
If you are like most people, you got divorced so that you would no longer
have to argue and fight with your spouse. Unfortunately, many former couples
find that they continue to find themselves struggling with each another
over the terms of their divorce. If you were awarded
alimony, or child
visitation privileges, you have a right to demand that your former spouse abides
by the terms of the court orders.
The court orders which the
family law judge delivered at the conclusion of your divorce have the full force
of law, and your former spouse can be subjected to harsh penalties for
non-compliance. By failing to comply with the court orders, your former
spouse is not only dismissing your rights, but is also violating the judge's
ruling. It is not merely a dispute between the two of you but actually
becomes a legal matter between your former spouse and the judge.
Family Law Contempt Charges in Florida
Any violation of a court order can lead to a charge of contempt. A parent
or ex-spouse can be found guilty of contempt of court if he or she fails to pay
alimony or child support. You cannot bar communication or interfere with the other
visitation rights if he or she is delinquent on support payments, however. It is
contempt of court orders to violate a condition of child custody or
interfere with the other parent's rights. Similarly, if the other parent obstructs
your parental rights, this is not justification to end support payments.
Enforcing Your Court-Ordered Rights
After a contempt of court charge has been filed, there will be a hearing
where the accused must appear. If he or she does not attend the hearing,
then the judge can issue a warrant for arrest. If he or she is found guilty
of contempt, then a judge has a number of actions to take. The judge may
impose wage garnishment so that you can get support payments directly
from the other party's paychecks. A judge may even elect to suspend
the driver's license or may even fine and jail the guilty party. The
point of any penalty is to enforce obedience to the court orders.
When you want to level a charge of contempt, you will certainly want legal
assistance. To file a Motion for Contempt, you will need to cite which
orders are being violated. This is more complex than it may sound, as
the paperwork and processes vary from county to county. You will want
someone on your side who is well-versed in each county's laws.
Defending Contempt Charges
If you have been charged with contempt, then you absolutely must attend
the hearing. With the right family law attorney on your side, you may
be able to defend your charges. If you could not meet
child support or alimony payments because of a layoff, demotion, or some other hardship
that has hampered your wage-earning ability, then a lawyer may be able
to prove to the judge that you are unable to make payments. If this is
the case, then you will want to pursue
modification of alimony and/or child support.
Protect Your Rights with a Panama City Family Law Attorney
Seaton Law Offices, P.A. is ready to do what is best for your family. Attorney Seaton understands
that this can be an emotional, perhaps frustrating time. She wants to
alleviate the stress on you and your family and can guide you through
the legal mazes necessary to move on in life. The firm is here to help
when you need to learn about the legal actions at your disposal to enforce
court orders, or to prevent or defend contempt charges. The firm's
experienced divorce attorney is dedicated to protecting your family's
best interests. Do not hesitate to call an attorney. The firm is available
24 hours, 7 days a week.
Contact Seaton Law Offices, P.A. in Panama City, FL today!