All About Contempts
Once the court has issued a temporary order or judgment requiring a person to do something such as pay alimony or child support, if that person fails to take whatever action is required by the order, they may be in contempt.
If the party fails to comply with the order, a complaint for contempt must be filed and a summons served in hand. The defendant is then forced to appear before the court and explain why he/she should not be held in contempt. If the defendant is ordered to pay money arrears, he or she should also be ordered to pay the plaintiff's legal fees.