Mark Sanford's Super Bowl saga illustrates important family court lesson

During the Super Bowl last year, former governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, got himself into some trouble with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford, and the court.

Jenny's attorney alleged in documents that his client found her ex-husband, Mark, leaving her house through the back door on the day of the Super Bowl.  He was apparently using his cell phone as a flashlight at the time he was caught.

Sanford went to the house of his ex-wife to watch the Super Bowl with his son.  Sanford admitted, "I did indeed watch the second half of the Super Bowl at the beach house with our 14-year old son because as a father I didn't think he should watch it alone."

This was apparently in violation of a divorce agreement that stated that neither party was to enter the other's property without their permission.  Jenny's attorney alleges that Mark had trespassed previously as well. A judge ultimately ordered a hearing on this matter near the time of his election last year.

This saga is important because it illustrates how important it is that parties abide by court orders.  One violation of a court order, even if it appears harmless at the time, can result in a party being held in contempt of court.

This can hurt a party significantly in family law litigation.  It can result in a judgment of contempt, jail time, an award of attorney fees and court costs and/or other sanctions.  Thus, it is critical that parties abide by family court orders.

If you are in the midst of a contempt or family law matter, you may want to contact the Stange Law Firm, PC. We are a firm that focuses exclusively on family law in the areas of divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and annulments among many other domestic relations issues.

Source: Sanford Trespassed to Watch Game, ABCNews