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.
Under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), gay couples who were legally married in their states were not considered married in the eyes of the federal government and were ineligible for federal benefits that come with marriage. The repeal of DOMA, Section 3, means that our federal government now recognizes those same-sex unions. As this is a family law/divorce blog, a few of those benefits that pertain to those areas will be addressed here.