Difference between Show Cause Order and Motion for Contempt? Is there one?
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I agree with a lot of what the last two attorneys have written. You can question him about his attempts to find a job and ask if he has any record of his attempts. Ask him in detail what attempts he has made , how many, how often and where he has attempted. But, you may want to check the office of the state's attorney to see if they have a child support division that can help you. They can be very effective and with little or no cost to you. Good luck to you.
I agree with what Jeff stated in his answer and would just add that although initially it is your ex's burden to prove that he is not in Contempt of Court, if he states he cannot find work and therefore is not willfully disregarding the Court Order it becomes your burden to prove that he is voluntarily impoverishing himself in order for the court to find him in Contempt.
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If it didn't work out before, not sure why you think you doing it alone with no legal training would get a different result now. That said, they are parts of the same process. The motion is the request for contempt, the show cause is the order attached for the judge to sign and send to him notifying him he has to respond/appear. If you did this once already you should have the old copies or be able to request them from the court file to use as a template...