Court orders are expected to be obeyed. The Court has the full force of law to enforce an order.

The remedy for wilful or knowing disobedience, or reckless disregard of an order, is an order to show cause (OSC).

A court will issue an OSC if a motion and supporting evidence is properly presented to the Court. The OSC is then served on the non-compliant party, with direction to appear at a specific date and time before the court and “show cause” why he or she should not be held in contempt.

Proof may be bank records showing that support was paid, or testimony or other proof opposing the OSC documents.

Remember, cases are not won or lost based on what you believe the truth is. They are won or lost on admissible evidence. Often attorneys dispute whether evidence proffered is “admissible” or not, and the Court must decide.

If you are found in contempt of court you may be fined, sent to jail for 30 days, lose custody or other rights, and pay the other side’s attorneys fees and service costs.

It’s best to just obey the Court order, or try to change it lawfully, if you can.