Once you have taken the time to obtain a court order (whether through mediation or a trial), you want the other party to comply with the Court Order. The failure of one party to comply with the Court Order can cause a hardship on the other party. For example, the failure of one party to pay child support on time may result in the other party incurring late fees when bills are not paid on time.
The terms of a final judgment that relate to child support, alimony, visitation (time-sharing), or child custody are enforceable by law. If the Court finds that a party has intentionally failed to comply with these provisions, the party is in contempt of court and could face a jail term, attorney fees, and wage garnishment.
However, a party is not necessarily in contempt when they are involuntarily failing to comply with the court order. For example, a father who pays child support might not be in contempt if his failure to pay child support is caused by losing a job.
Non-compliance with a court order is a serious matter and often requires the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Please call the office or contact me via email to discuss your case further.