A party who files a contempt motion with the Court is asking that the other party be punished or held accountable for failing to comply with the Court’s orders.
In Colorado, there are two types of contempt: remedial contempt and punitive contempt. Each type of contempt requires certain elements to be proven and includes certain remedies. In certain instances, a court may award attorney’s fees and costs if it holds the other party in contempt. In other situations, a court might impose a jail sentence or fine the party who is in contempt.
Contempt cases can be very complicated in terms of understanding possible sanctions, dealing with different burdens of proof and being able to marshal the evidence necessary to meet those burdens.
If you are considering filing a contempt motion or if you have been served a copy of a contempt citation, please call Mr. Jarrett at 303-863-8181.