A problem faced by many people in Washington is what to do if an opposing party is not following the final court orders pertaining to child support, custody, spousal support, and division of property, among other matters. Steps can be taken to enforce court orders with the help of an experienced Washington enforcement attorney. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC online or by calling (360) 953-5000.
A court order is essentially a law that applies to the specific parties named in the order. When it is disobeyed, whether intentionally or inadvertently, the court offers methods of correcting it. The enforcement options will vary depending on your case and directly relate to the order that is being violated. Some enforcement methods the Washington courts may allow you to use include:
These are a few of the many enforcement options available to you. In many cases, hiring a contempt enforcement lawyer to demonstrate you are serious about enforcing the violated court order will make your former spouse or the other parent correct their behavior.
Initiating a contempt action is another option if an opposing party refuses to obey a court order. However, you may only ask for a contempt order if it relates to your:
To prove contempt, you will have to provide evidence that there is a valid court order in place, the other party is aware of it, violations took place, you provided notice of the contempt hearing, and that contempt is an appropriate solution. If the contempt involves a parenting plan, you must also demonstrate that either the violation was in bad faith, the violating party engaged in intentional misconduct, or that past sanctions have not caused the party to obey the order.
Punishments for failing to comply with a judge’s order can include fines and jail time. The guilty party may also be liable for any court costs incurred and your lawyer fees.
If you have questions about enforcing family law court orders or filing a motion for contempt, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC. Our experienced Washington contempt and enforcement attorneys will happily discuss the particulars of your case in a free consultation. Message us online or call today at (360) 953-5000.