Any time a court makes a decision, which is known as an order, the individuals impacted by the order are legally obligated to abide by it. Court orders are often related to matters of child support, child custody, parental visitation, spousal maintenance, and equitable distribution. Unfortunately, there are some occasions in which one of the parties involved fails to abide by the court order. Considering court orders are made for such important reasons, violating a court order can be very serious. Therefore, if the individual who is suffering as a result of the violation asks the court to help them enforce the order, the violating party may face serious consequences.
If an individual wishes to request the court’s help to enforce an order, they will have to file what is referred to as a violation petition or an enforcement petition with the court. The court will assess whether there has been a willful violation of the court order. If so, the consequences can include wage garnishing, passport denial, ordering a lump sum of missed payments, and even holding the violator in contempt of court.
If you believe that you are the victim of someone’s violation of a court order, contact our firm today.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.