Understanding Custody Contempt
Custody cases can be contentious. Parents are pitted against each other trying to prove they are the “better” parent. Many times, parents can reach agreements on their own as to how they want to share custody, and if they can’t reach an agreement, they must go to trial and a judge will enter an order determining the custody schedule. But, having an agreement or order does not necessarily mean your custody case is over. Parties still must follow the terms of these agreements and orders, because if they don’t, the other party can file for contempt. That makes sense. If one party doesn’t obey an order, he or she should be found in contempt. Easy, right?
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On April 14, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking at the 6th Annual Chester County Single Mother’ Conference at Henderson High School in West Chester. The free conference was devoted to encouraging, educating and empowering single mothers in their role as sole provider for the family. More than seventy (70) exhibitors and speakers provided resources and activities including workshops, clinics and demonstrations on parenting, self-defense, custody, child support, finances and more. The conference was organized by the Chester County Community Collaborative in partnership with the Chester County Women’s Commission.
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