CONTEMPT OF COURT
Family Law Attorneys in Grand Junction, CO
What is Contempt of Court?
Contempt of court or otherwise referred to as “contempt,” is the intentional disobedience or disrespect of a court order.
Types of Contempt
There are two main types of contempt of court, criminal contempt of court and civil contempt of court. Punishment for contempt varies on the extremity of the actions performed when charged with contempt.
Civil Contempt of Court
Civil contempt most often occurs when someone who has been issued a court order knowingly fails to appear or violates the court order. Failure to comply with a court order results in injury to the private party’s rights. An example of this is when an individual refuses to pay child support.
Punishments for Civil Contempt
If charged with civil contempt, courts will either restore the rights of the party who was wronged or proceed with the underlying issue. In most cases, civil contempt sanctions end with the party complying with the court order.
Criminal Contempt of Court
Criminal contempt refers to insults or disrespectful actions directed to an authority of the court. Those held in contempt can include attorneys, witnesses, jurors, audiences of the courtroom, officers, or the employees of the court.
Punishments for Criminal Contempt
Punishments of being charged with criminal contempt can include immediate incarceration, additional charges to the underlying proceeding, losing the rights to a trial by jury, rights to counsel, and even the rights to defense.
Family Law Contempt
In many cases, contempt of court is charged during family law court orders, some of the most common are:
- Contempt for Child Support
- Divorce Proceedings Contempt
- Failure to Comply with Separation Agreement
- A Party Violating Protection Order