I previously blogged about Terrell Owens’ (T.O.) refusal to pay child support to the mother of his child. In fact, the mother of his child even scheduled a Contempt hearing due to his failure to pay. T.O. allegedly is court ordered to pay the mother $5,000 per month in child support. Now, it turns out that T.O. has paid his child support obligation and the Contempt request has been dismisssed.
From an Orange County divorce lawyer’s perspective, there are serious consequences for one’s failure to pay child support. Like T.O.’s case, the party receiving child support could file a Contempt request. However, in order to prevail in a Contempt hearing, said party must prove that there is a valid order, the citee must have knowledge of the order, the court must find that the citee had the ability to comply with the order. Finally, to be held in contempt, the accused party must have willfully disobeyed the order.
In other extreme situations, the citee can be sent to jail for his failure to abide by court orders as discussed in this blog post.
If there is an order for the payment of child support, make sure said payments are made and that they are on time. Otherwise, there could be drastic consequences.
Contact an Orange County divorce lawyer for additional information on filing a Contempt action in Los Angeles or Orange County.