Failure to comply with a valid court order in North Carolina may result in proceedings for Contempt of Court in Charlotte NC. There are actually two types of contempt that apply to North Carolina family laws: Civil Contempt for willful violation (noncompliance) of a valid Order and Criminal Contempt. While contempt of court actions may be brought for matters other than divorce, child support and family law disputes, some of the most litigated legal issues in Charlotte Family Court involve a Motion to Show Cause and Show Cause Order alleging a violation of visitation and child custody order.
Generally speaking, criminal contempt is appropriate to punish one of the parties. It often involves disobedience of court orders or disruption of court proceedings. Courts may also enter a judgment for criminal contempt for acting in a disrespectful manner towards the Judge or for interfering with the Court’s lawful authority to administer justice in Charlotte family court. As to criminal contempt, the Court may impose up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine in North Carolina. That’s true in criminal court, family court, and any other judicial proceeding in North Carolina.
“If you heard the Judge say ‘Criminal Contempt,’ chances are something went really bad in court. Put simply, you need to lawyer up. Criminal contempt in North Carolina is meant as a punishment, not necessarily as a way to ensure future compliance with a court order in Charlotte divorce court.”
– Bill Powers, Divorce Lawyer Charlotte NC