Colorado parents who have parted ways and are dealing with child support issues will undoubtedly be aware that parental responsibility is important. Part of that is making the required payments for support and adhering to the order. However, some parents do not follow the requirements for shared responsibility and will face consequences for that. There are many steps the state can take due to noncompliance, but one that is severely problematic is contempt of court.
A supporting parent who is confronted with contempt of court allegations should understand how this law will impact them and deal with it accordingly. When the court decides whether the supporting parent is in contempt, the court can take it into account if the required payment had been made before the hearing to decide if there was contempt or that there was another viable justification that the supporting parent could not meet the obligation.
If the parent does not appear in court when he or she is scheduled to do so, a warrant for arrest can be issued. The parent will be released on bond. When that has been paid and the supporting parent does not appear as is a condition with being granted bond, there will be a declaration of forfeiture. The supporting parent will then have 30 days to appear. If he or she does not appear within those 30 days or within a time-period that will be satisfactory to the court and there is no legitimate reason for the failure to appear, there will be a judgment against the person.
Money collected as part of the process will be sent to the clerk and applied to the amount of child support that is owed. When there is the chance that a failure to adhere to the obligations for child support will lead to contempt charges, it will not only have a negative impact on the child's best interests, but it can cause major issues for the parent. A law firm that has a history of helping clients with their child support problems can assist with a case and should be called for guidance.