This booklet explains what to do if the other parent has disobeyed a court order that involves you, including orders of
- child support,
- medical bills, or
- health insurance.
If the other parent doesn't obey a court order, you can ask the court for a contempt order by filing aform called a Motion for Contempt. If you ask the court for a contempt order, the court can make the other parent go to court to explain why he or she has not followed the court’s orders. A parent who violates a court order can be found guilty of contempt, and the judge can order him or her to obey the order.
What if the court order was made in another state?
If the court order wasn’t made in Connecticut and you have very low income, call Statewide Legal Services at 860-344-0380 (Central CT) or 1-800-453-3320 (all other areas in Connecticut). Statewide Legal Services may be able to help you file paperwork to allow the court in Connecticut to hear your concerns. This booklet may not help you at this time.
Do I need a lawyer to ask for a contempt order?
You don’t need an attorney to file a Motion for Contempt, but it is a good idea to have one. If you decide to represent yourself, you can go to the courthouse that made the order and ask for help at the Court Service Center. Court staff can answer questions about forms and help you understand the process, but they cannot give you legal advice.
If your problem is with child support, you can get help from Support Enforcement Services. The child support hotline number in Connecticut is 1-800-228-5437.
Can I get help without going in front of a judge?
Yes. You can go to the Family Services office at the court where your orders were made. They may have services that can help you and the other parent solve the problem without going in front of a judge. If Family Services can’t help you, follow the steps below.
Note: In some courts, Family Services is called Family Relations.
How do I ask for a contempt order?
If the court order was made in Connecticut, you can file a Motion for Contempt in the court that made the order. Follow the steps below to learn how.
Important: Some courts may have different rules. Check with the court clerk or Court Service Center to make sure you are following the rules.