When a party is not following the provisions in the Dissolution/ Divorce court order, the next step is to file documents with the court asking the court to enforce the order. The reason this can be done is because the court still has Jurisdiction over the parties enabling the enforcement of court orders.
If a child support order is not being followed because the party ordered to pay is not paying, the court can issue an income withholding order (wage assignment), if the custody and visitation provisions of the court order are not being followed the court can adjust the orders and may even change custody.
When all else fails a contempt action can be filed. A contempt action may be civil or criminal in nature. In a civil contempt action the moving party wants the other party to correct behavior, to begin complying with the court orders while in a criminal action the Citee can be sentenced to five days in jail for every count (for each time the Citee has not followed the court order).
A family law contempt action begins upon the filing of the Order to Show Cause Re: Contempt.
For assistance by an experienced competent family law attorney call Yanez & Associates. The family law contempt attorneys are located in Tustin Orange County.