When navigating a family law matter or court rulings, it goes without saying that it’s critical for you to follow all the rules, orders, and rulings handed down by the courts. The honor system won’t cut it for family law matters, and the courts have mechanisms that allow them to enforce these rulings and penalize those who disobey or go against the court’s wishes. This is known as “contempt of court.”
Divorce carries untold implications and the resulting outcome can shape your life for years to come. In addition to changing your life circumstances and living arrangements, a divorce can upheave your current and future financial life. This is simply the nature of divorce, and some changes cannot be avoided.
Once a divorce finally wraps up, involved parties are usually relieved to put everything behind them and move on with their lives. The terms of the divorce are thus locked in and set in stone. However, not every resulting outcome is always satisfactory to either divorcing party. There are also instances where circumstances change and the original divorce terms are no longer fair or equitable to one party.
In California, custody arrangements and co-parenting plans are usually drawn up and approved by the courts before a divorce is finalized. When parents dispute the potential arrangements during the divorce proceedings, the courts may step in to make the final call. However, the courts generally prefer that parents work together on an agreed parenting plan.