What constitutes legally actionable contempt regarding visitation?

I signed a consent no contact order that my wife initally filed against me. In it I was to have physical custody of 1 child and every weekend visitation with the other. My wife took the other out of the country and, thus, denied me 4 weekends of visitation. Can my wife be cited with contempt? What would most likely be her punishment if so?

Asked on September 2, 2012 under Family Law, Iowa

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Contempt is defined as an act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body. Contempt of court means interference with the proceeding.  And one can be brought to court on a motion for contempt for a violation of a court order.  You may indeed have the basis for a motion for contempt.  Generally courts throw the party in violation in jail or fine them.  The other remedies available are subject to your own state laws. 


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