Contempt of Court

Divorce Lawyer in Mesa

While the term “contempt of court” reminds many of an episode of Law & Order, it can actually be a powerful tool to help individuals hold their ex-spouse accountable for violating a divorce ruling. Essentially, contempt of a court is an action taken when an individual violates the terms of a court order.

If your ex-spouse is failing to comply with the terms of your divorce ruling, including child support payments, our Mesa divorce attorney can help you file a motion for contempt of court. This is an important step in enforcing court orders, so it’s important to choose an attorney with the skill and experience to get the job done. At Bastian Law Office, Attorney C. Cole Bastian has more than a decade of experience with family law and divorce, and serves as a Judge Pro Temp.

Our attorney has unique experience with family law. Call (480) 526-4614 to get started with our firm!

When Can a Motion Be Filed?

A motion for contempt of court can be filed any time your ex-spouse violates the court order in question. Common grounds for contempt of court include, but are not limited to:

If you file a motion for contempt, the burden of proof is on you. For this reason, it is extremely helpful to have representation from an experienced Mesa divorce attorney during this process. When you retain our firm, Attorney Bastian can handle filing the motion, arranging to have the motion served to your ex, and can help you build a strong case to prove that a violation occurred.

If child support payments are coming late, or not at all, we may be able to help. Contact our firm today for a case consultation.

What Happens After Filing a Motion?

If you and your attorney were successful in proving that your ex is in violation of the court order, they will be found guilty of civil contempt of court. In most situations, the judge will give the defendant a specified amount of time to comply with the order. If they fail to do so, the judge will typically order them jailed.

Call Bastian Law Office Today

Court orders are legally binding, and your ex has an obligation to comply with the terms. If they are violating your divorce decree, contact Bastian Law Office immediately to hold them accountable. For more than a decade, Attorney Bastian has strived to provide clients with a high standard of counsel, and to help them resolve all their family law matters.

For experienced counsel from a skilled Mesa family lawyer, call us today at (480) 526-4614.