Contempt of Court in Indiana

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When the terms of a divorce have been established and the court hands down its orders, it is expected that both parties will adhere to the judge's ruling. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Support payments can be missed, parenting time can be violated, and property division terms can be disregarded. When this happens, the disobeying party can be held in contempt of court.

Whether you are looking to hold you ex-spouse responsible for their behavior or are in need of contempt defense, our firm can help. At Keffer Barnhart LLP, our experienced and dynamic team of Indianapolis divorce lawyers prides itself on its extensive litigation experience. Whether your voice needs to be heard in or outside the courtroom, our firm can ensure that you and your needs will be given every consideration they deserve.

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How Contempt Motions Work

When one ex-spouse wants to hold the disobeying ex-spouse in contempt, they must file for a court intervention. A hearing will then be set for both ex-spouses to attend and a judge will review each of their claims. If the judge finds the disobeying ex-spouse in contempt of the original divorce orders, then that ex-spouse is vulnerable to penalties.

Contempt penalties can include:

  • Fines/citations
  • The other ex-spouse's legal fees
  • Jail time

Keep in mind that for someone to be held in contempt, the court has to find that they willfully disobeyed the terms of a divorce—usually with a pattern of behavior. Smaller or one-time infractions are not usually grounds for contempt unless they are particularly harmful. If you have been filed against or need to seek court intervention to hold your ex-spouse accountable, our team is ready to hear your story and help you take the next steps.

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