While going through a divorce doesn’t make you a criminal, the legal procedure that you’ll need to follow includes abiding by the specific orders of the family law court at all times. These can be very limiting and may make you feel like you’re the “bad guy” even when you’re simply trying to end your marriage and secure a better future for yourself and your loved ones.
Since a judge can issue orders during the pendency of the divorce proceeding, failing to follow these orders can lead to negative consequences. In legal terms, not following a judge’s orders could lead to you being charged with contempt of court. The following are things to consider if you want to avoid being cited for contempt of court during your divorce.
Follow child custody arrangements
The arrangements for child custody can often be complex. You may be required to meet at certain places, arrive by specific times and allow the other parent a specified amount of hours with the kids each day or week. You should make sure that you follow all of these intricate details very specifically.
Never hide assets
A judge may order you to turn over personal property or real estate. If you fail to do so or if you attempt to hide assets in offshore accounts, you may be found in contempt of court.
Don’t violate restraining orders
Restraining orders, such as peaceful contact orders, may have very precise rules that could be accidentally violated. Make sure that you follow the exact order to avoid being in contempt of court.
If you are concerned that you are already in contempt of court or you are worried about accidentally disobeying court orders, it’s important that you understand the law regarding your situation.