What does it mean to be in Contempt of Court – and What are Some of its Consequences?

Being found in contempt of court means that one has ignored or neglected to follow a court order that set a specific responsibility or expectation of him/her. Depending on the infraction, contempt of court consequences can include fines, compensatory visitation, a modification to the custody arrangement, and in some instances even jail time. In most cases, if someone is held in contempt, the court will first give them the opportunity to make amends for the violation. One of the more common situations involving contempt of court is failing to pay child support. For more information on violating a child support obligation and being found in contempt, please see the “Child Support” section of this site.