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Contempt of court is the open display of disrespect or disruptive behavior in court. It is also the penalty for a party's willful and continuing failure to obey a valid court order. In California marital or domestic partnership dissolution cases, each instance of contempt can be punished by a jail term of five days. Multiplied by other factors such as six months of failure to make child support payments, the penalties for a contempt finding can be very severe. If you believe that the other party in your divorce case is guilty of contempt, or if you're facing contempt proceedings yourself, contact our office for reliable advice and representation.
The California Family Law Summons form served with the petition at the beginning of the divorce case restrains both spouses or partners from certain actions without the other party's consent or a court order. The restraining orders cover such actions as:
Moving a child of the marriage out of state
Changing the terms of any insurance policy or coverage
Transferring or encumbering any community or separate property
Making any extraordinary expenditure without giving the other party five days'
  advance notice
The intentional failure of any of these can be punished by contempt of court and a corresponding jail term.

Our office can also use Contempt motions to help enforce the terms of temporary child support or spousal support orders, financial disclosure obligations, and any other interim order of the court. Contempt motions can also be used in post-divorce enforcement actions, such as those concerning a failure to pay back child support or evasion of child support recovery efforts.
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