How can you enforce a Court Order?

During the pendency of litigation, the Court may issue numerous orders with which both
you and your spouse must comply. In addition, after a case has been resolved, either
by agreement or after a trial, the Court will issue a final Entry. If your spouse or former
spouse fails to comply with an Order of the Court, you can bring it to the Court’s attention
by filing a Motion to Show Cause (also called a Motion for Contempt) against your spouse
or former spouse. Generally speaking, this Motion must detail, with specificity, which
provisions of the Order your spouse or former spouse has failed to comply with.

After the Motion has been filed and your spouse or former spouse has been served with a
copy of the Motion, the issue will be set for review by the Court. Sometimes the filing of
the Motion is sufficient incentive for a spouse or former spouse to comply with an Order.
However, if that is not the case and the Court determines that your spouse or former
spouse is in contempt, the Court can order your spouse or former spouse to comply. In
addition, if your spouse or former spouse is found to be in contempt, the Court can order
them to pay your legal fees incurred in filing and pursuing the Motion.

If the issue is failure to pay child and/or spousal support, you can also contact the Child
Support Enforcement Agency for enforcement help.

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