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Contempt of Custody

Child Custody & Visitation disputes are some of the most emotionally-charged legal conflicts.  Emotions can run higher when a judge has made a decision, or an agreement is reached, and the other party ignores it.  Unfortunately, the behavior may persist until a judge decides that the other party has disrespected the court by disobeying its order.  This is called contempt.  

There are statutory penalties for contempt, including imprisonment or probation for up to six months, a fine of up to $500 (this is separate from counsel fees and costs, which may also be a penalty), and suspended driving privileges.   The court may also order make-up time, parenting classes, and a change in the pick-up and drop-off schedule that prevents future withholding. However, without proper representation, you may fail to show that he or she has disobeyed the agreement and be unpersuasive in your approach of requesting statutory remedies or other changes that could prevent future withholding.  This could further prevent you from parenting your children as ordered and your relationship with them can continue to be negatively impacted.  

Our law practice is extensive and includes:
• Divorce cases, including property division, alimony, legal separation, and same-sex divorce
• Child custody cases, including visitation, relocation/removal, high-conflict cases, and child support
• Modification of existing orders, including alimony, custody, and child support

We provide personalized representation to each client. 

As we work through your case, you will be treated with care and respect. We get to know our clients well to understand their specific needs and goals.

Please call the office to schedule an initial consultation by phone to discuss your case. Our receptionists are available 24 hours daily (including weekends) to schedule your appointment. I look forward to meeting you!

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