Oregon courts expect compliance with court orders and judgments. “Contempt of Court” is one remedy parties use to obtain compliance with an order of the court. If the other party is aware of and willfully disobeying a court order, the court can order fines, attorney fees, compensation for damages, and even probation and incarceration. A private attorney can seek “remedial” sanctions to remedy an ongoing contempt. Some types of actions that constitute contempt may also be considered crimes. Contempt of court is a powerful tool to obtain compliance with a court order, and is a serious matter if you are facing a motion for contempt of court.

The lawyers at Stephens & Margolin LLP, a Portland Oregon family law firm, can help you understand your rights, obligations, and defenses in the contempt process.