There are a variety of actions that may result in a finding of contempt in a family law case. For example, if one party was ordered to pay certain debts in a divorce action and has failed to do so, he or she may be found to be in contempt.

In visitation or custody cases, a person may be found in contempt if he or she refused to allow visitation that was provided in the parenting plan or he or she does not return the child to the other parent at the end of visitation. Contempt may also occur if one party fails to pay child support.