Florida Custody in Contempt
Is the Other Parent Violating Your Custody Rights? Call a Winter Park Family Lawyer!
After arranging a child custody agreement, one parent may fail to follow the terms of a parenting plan. Because custody is determined in a court hearing, a parent who neglects various responsibilities associated with custody may be charged with civil contempt of court. If you are faced with contempt or contempt charges, contact our legal team today. We can discuss your case in a free consultation before working to resolve your difficulties.
Our firm, Richard A. Heller, P.A., has extensive experience serving clients with family law matters. We have a sincere concern for the families in Greater Orlando, and our founding lawyer has donated his time and energy to helping the community through teaching and public appearances. Our passionate commitment to client service has earned our Winter Park child custody attorneys various honors from reputable companies, including an A+ accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, a top Superb Rating from AVVO, and a Distinguished Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. With seasoned knowledge in resolving child custody matters, we are prepared to take your case.
Signs and Consequences of Contempt
Child custody involves two separate legal rights: parental responsibility and time-sharing. When another parent fails to preserve either or both of these rights, they are probably acting in civil contempt. Before taking legal action, you may want to discuss the custody violation with your former spouse. If they continue to disregard the ruling after discussing their violation, our firm can help you work toward a legal change of your situation.
Any of the following actions may constitute contempt:
Many people do not realize the severe nature of civil contempt. If found guilty of contempt, a parent may face a variety of harsh consequences until their situation is rectified. While not every case of contempt needs to end with such legal measures, certain situations may require extensive action to ensure that custody orders are carried out efficiently.
The consequences for contempt include:
- Payment of legal fees
- Various fines and penalties
- Jail sentencing
If you happen to be facing charges for contempt on account of reduced income or other problems, a Winter Park child custody lawyer from our firm can help you work toward an effective modification. Whatever your situation, our legal team is available to help you protect your rights as a parent.
How You Can Fight Civil Contempt
To ensure that you receive a fair ruling concerning custody in contempt, it is important that you keep detailed documentation of any events that would indicate a violation of custody. Be sure to note the exact time and place of each violation, including evidence such as time-stamped photographs, statements made by your child, and/or other relevant information.
Once you have identified a potential contempt case, you should take your concerns to a Winter Park family attorney. Richard Heller, is prepared to provide the legal services required by your case. With nearly 60 years of combined experience in family law, we are confident that we can help you resolve your legal difficulties. If we take your case, we will apply every effort to ensure that your parental rights are protected and you have the time to spend with your children as was ordered by the court.
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