Contempt Of Court for Parenting Time Violations
If the other parent refuses to obey the current order, there are several options that are immediate remedies and long term remedies.
First, it is important to make the Court aware of the other parent’s actions and ensure that they are held responsible for disobeying the order. Depending on the details of your case, you may want to file a Motion for Contempt and request the other parent be held accountable. The court may modified parenting plan so that you can make up the time you have lost, a legal finding of contempt, an award of attorneys’ fees, financial sanctions, or even a jail sentence in some extreme situations.
A good parenting plan is necessary so both parties are clear on the time they will have with their children. A clear and unambiguous parenting plan is essential when a parent is uncooperative or unfair. If a parent fails to follow the parenting plan, it is grounds for contempt of court in Florida. When a parenting plan is clear for the Judge to understand and follow, then a Judge may more easily find that the other parent is failing to follow a clearly written parenting plan, that parent may be subject to sanctions by the Court.