Some Missouri Case Law Involving Contempt of Court

Contempt of court actions are brought in family law matters when one party alleges that the other has willfully failed to comply with a prior court order.  These are common cases that occur after the completion of a divorce, paternity case or other family law matter. Below is summation of some Missouri case law involving litigated contempt of court cases.  These examples can help provide a greater understanding of how these causes of action work in Missouri. I.  Contempt of Court for Unpaid Child Support Stuart v. Ford, 292 S.W.3d 508 (Mo. App. S.D. 2009): The Southern District affirmed the

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Missouri Law Involving Contempt of Court

Below is some Missouri law involving contempt of court. This summary includes some relevant statutes and applicable case law.  These are just some examples of reported cases on this topic. Because the facts of every circumstance is different, it is vital to consult with an attorney regarding any particular circumstance.  However, this summary does help provide some important information on this topic. Elements of a Contempt Case and Punishment Stuart v. Ford, 292 S.W.3d 508 (Mo. App. S.D. 2009): i. To establish a prima facie case of civil contempt, the complaining party must prove the following: 1. The contemnor’s obligation

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