Contempt of Court in Georgia
Contempt can happen when you fail to follow a judge’s directions, refuse to obey an order of the court, or ignore a ruling made by the court. Contempt of court is a violation of the law. If a spouse was ordered to pay monthly child support or alimony and intentionally refused to pay, they could be held in contempt. Failing to obey a court order may result in jail time.
How to Use Contempt of Court in Georgia?
- A party initiating a lawsuit must show that the offending party violated a court order.
- Failure to comply must be proven willful on the offender’s part.
How to prove your spouse is in contempt
Just like a divorce trial, you must provide sufficient evidence to the court that your spouse willingly disobeyed a court order. Refusing to pay child support, alimony, or withholding visitation are all valid reasons to file a motion for contempt. Keeping records of text messages and emails showing your spouse’s unwillingness to obey court orders is a great way to provide evidence of contempt.