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What is a motion for contempt?

A Motion for Contempt is used in Tampa family law cases to seek enforcement and sanctions, when a party violates a court order.   The most common motions for contempt relate to violations of timesharing agreements and/or failing to pay child support.  Of course though, a motion for contempt can be used to ensure compliance with any portion of a court order, including monetary and non-monetary provisions.

While the overwhelming majority of motions for contempt resolve without a hearing, many require evidentiary hearings.  Both parties will have the opportunity to present evidence, call witnesses and make arguments to the Court.  In essence, the evidentiary hearing is tantamount to a mini-trial.

The Court has a wide variety of sanctions available to use in response to a motion for contempt.  The sanctions include, but are not limited to economic sanctions, compliance with the original Court order, payment of attorney’s fees, etc.  Even more importantly, a skilled Tampa family law attorney can use prior findings of contempt in support of future modification efforts of final judgements.

If you or someone you know is dealing with a motion for contempt or other Tampa Family Law issue, contact our Tampa Family Law Attorneys for a free consultation.  We have worked on thousands of cases, including ones just like the case you are dealing with.  There are three ways to contact our office.  First, you can always contact our Office through our website, there is a link to our free, secure chat box in the lower right hand corner of our website.  Secondly, the ‘contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner of our website.   One of our Tampa Divorce Attorneys will contact you shortly, once the email is received.  Lastly, we have folks standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions.  We appreciate you taking the time to check out our website and we look forward to hearing from you.