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Plea Agreement at Trial Court Proceedings for Civil Contempt

See CSQuest article Civil Contempt Legal Authority.

Court proceedings may be discontinued at any time at the State’s Attorney’s discretion.

At trial, Child Support Services (CSS) attempts to prove that the obligor is guilty of civil contempt for non-payment of child support, while the obligor is given an opportunity to present a defense. The court rules on the civil contempt based on the evidence presented.

The obligor may waive his or her right to trial and enter into a plea agreement. If the court finds the obligor guilty based on a plea agreement, the court generally sets a future sentencing date in the Judgment on Contempt (CC2).