What to expect?


#1

I have an upcoming contempt hearing. My ex failed to make my child available for visitation, and calls; there is an order in place. What should I expect that day? I do not have money for a lawyer so I am pro se. Is this basically my word against theirs? I have brought them in for contempt before but the hearing was never heard. Will the judge take previous contempt hearings (filed but never heard) into consideration?


#2

If an order to appear and show cause was issued, the other party will have the burden of proof. If it is just a motion for contempt, you will have the burden of proof. What the judge will order really depends on the severity of the withholding and the relief you ask for.

Filed motions that you have not pursued will not automatically be taken into consideration so you should put on evidence that this is a repeated problem.