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Child support - what happens if you fail to pay in Washington?

When someone fails to make court ordered child support payments, does not pay spousal maintenance or alimony, or fails to follow a parenting plan that person can be found in contempt. Contempt is intentional disobedience of any lawful judgment, decree, order, or process of the court. A party can be held in contempt of court if he or she refuses to follow the requirements of a temporary or a final order.

Parenting plan and contempt of court

Whenever someone is not following a court order, such as, a parenting plan, an order of child support, a divorce decree, or even a temporary order that person can be found in contempt. There are other types of contempt, but I am addressing the contempt that frequently arises in the family law arena. Contempt of court occurs when a person intentionally disobeys a court order.

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