What does it mean to be “Held in Contempt” by the court?

Contempt is a tool used by Probate and Family Courts to enforce parties to comply with Court Orders. This gives the Court power to enforce Orders and/or Judgments issued during divorce, custody and other Probate & Family Court proceedings. Being “Held in Contempt” means that a Court has made a finding that you violated a Court Order or Judgment. Someone who violates or disobeys a court order risks being held in contempt by the court. This includes failing to pay alimony or child support or refusal to comply with a parenting schedule ordered by the court. It can also include
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