Missouri, Illinois, Kansas & Oklahoma Divorce Contempt of Court Attorney

Being in contempt of court: it can sound frightening. But if you are faced with a parent who refuses to comply with an existing court order, it can also sound like a useful tool. In Missouri, a civil contempt order is one way that judges can enforce child support and child custody orders.

These orders come with serious consequences. In certain circumstances, parents who owe back child support can be found to be in contempt of court. If they are, they can be sent to jail until they pay off their child support arrearages.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we represent parents throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma in enforcement proceedings related to unpaid child support or denial of visitation. Our clients and the people they take action against often face being held in contempt as a very real possibility.

Talk With a Lawyer About Contempt in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, or Oklahoma

The law on civil contempt is complex. It is recommended that you talk with an experienced attorney rather than handling matters on your own. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we are dedicated to working closely with our clients on family law matters.

We give our clients our cell phone numbers, return e-mails promptly and have established Your Case Tracker — a confidential online forum for sharing documents between attorneys and their clients. When we post documents to Your Case Tracker, you can view them and add questions and comments.

Defenses to Contempt of Court

We frequently discuss possible defenses to contempt motions with our clients. Under Missouri law, there are two defenses that are commonly used. First, a parent may demonstrate to the court that he or she did not disobey the existing court order. In the alternative, a parent may demonstrate that he or she was unable to comply with the court order. This second defense is often used in situations where parents lose their jobs and cannot pay child support.

Contempt of Court is a subject that might be hard to deal with. We have articles available to help you understand it a little better: Missouri law involving contempt of courtMan jailed for not being able to afford child support paymentsContempt of court: a serious enforcement tool in family law matters, and Mother faces ten felony charges for unpaid child support.

Contact a Civil Contempt Lawyer in the St. Louis Area, Kansas City Area, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and Beyond

To learn more about the law on civil contempt of court, contact our contempt of court lawyers online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation. We have convenient locations throughout the area.

ABOUT

Representing Clients in Divorce & Family Matters

We also handle many other family law matters, including but not limited to:

Dissolution of Marriage
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Legal Separation
There are some instances where married parties are separated, but are unsure whether their marriage can be reconciled or may later need to be dissolved. We can help with a legal separation if this is the case.
Annulment
In certain circumstances, a party may be able to seek an annulment if there are circumstances that led to a party being fraudulently induced into entering a marriage.
Family Law
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Collaborative Law/Mediation
If you are looking for an amicable resolution to your divorce or family law matter, we have attorneys who can help you with a collaborative family law case or mediation.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
These agreements help couples make critical decisions about their relationships, just in case. While prenuptial agreements are drafted before a marriage, postnuptial agreements are drafted during the marriage, usually when circumstances change.
Paternity Law/Mediation
With approximately forty-percent of all children being born out of wedlock, we represent numerous unmarried parents in child custody and child support disputes. These cases are the twenty-first century divorce and extremely common.
Guardianships and conservatorships
We also represent clients in matters of guardianships and conservatorships, helping them protect the people they love — especially when those people can no longer care for themselves. Our work in this area often involves people facing physical and mental illnesses, alcoholism and addiction.
Fertility and surrogacy
We can help clients negotiate fertility and surrogacy agreements, drafting and executing all related documents as well as resolving any conflicts that may arise.
Step-parent adoption
We represent parents in step-parent adoptions, which usually occur when a parent marries or remarries after the birth of a biological child. Step-parent adoptions help bring families closer together by creating a solid family unit.
Name Change
If you are seeking to legally change your name, we can help.
Orders of Protection
We can help you in legal proceedings involving restraining orders.
Adoption
We are honored to represent clients who wish to adopt a child into their family.
Minor emancipation
In some cases, minors do best when they are given the rights and responsibilities of adults. We assist in minor emancipation, representing both teens and their parents.
Grandparents' rights
Lawyers at our firm also handle grandparents' rights issues such as child custody, guardianship and grandparent adoption.
Appeals
We represent parties in appeals of adverse family court judgments, including divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance and grandparent visitation.
Child Support
We represent clients in matters involving child support.
Child Custody
We represent parents in child custody disputes.
Juvenile Matters
We represent parties in juvenile matters involving the Division of Family Law Services.
Modifications
We assist clients in modifying prior child custody and child support judgments when the facts call for it.
Contempt
We help clients in contempt of court matters as well as family access motions.
Military Divorce
We are proud to represent service members in divorce and family law matters.
Serving the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Topeka, Tulsa and Beyond in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma

From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application or view support calculators for MissouriIllinois and Kansas.

If you are looking to find and hire a child custody lawyer, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations.

Prenuptial Agreements Line by Line

Aspatore Books from Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Strategies For Family Law Illinois

Aspatore Books from Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Strategies For Military Family Law

Aspatore Books from Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Protect Yourself By Understanding Your Options and Knowing Your Rights

GET HELP NOW

MAIN OFFICE LOCATION

Stange Law Firm, PC

120 S. Central Avenue, Suite 450

St. Louis (Clayton), Missouri 63105

Toll Free: 855-805-0595
Fax: 314-963-9191

DIVORCE HEADQUATERS APP

Contact Our Team

Family Law Legal Services At Your Fingertips

FEATURED ARTICLES FROM THE STANGE LAW TEAM

When you choose us, you don’t have to sacrifice quality or service. You get the resources of a large divorce and family law firm AND the attentive service of a local attorney.