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Subsequent Proceedings for Civil Contempt

See CSQuest article Civil Contempt Legal Authority.

Once the obligor has been found either guilty or not guilty of contempt, the obligor may never be cited for contempt for the same time periods in the future, even if the delinquent support remains unpaid for that period. When filing a subsequent contempt after the first contempt was completed, the subsequent contempt must be for a different time period.

A future contempt may be filed for the same period only if Child Support Services (CSS) withdrew the original contempt prior to trial or entry of a plea. Any order dismissing contempt on the request of CSS should be “without prejudice to refiling” to ensure the right to refile the contempt is preserved.