Usually contempt for child support are pretty straight forward. Most are willing to drop it if you pay. A person can't simply set arrears retroactively. It must be a court order. You should consult with an attorney about what to do before you lose any leverage you have in the case.
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Please keep in mind that contempt are what are. Called quasi criminal charges as heard in family court. That means that if found guilty you could have to pay a fine, do jail time and/or have to do community service. This is not the type of matter to just leave to chance and try to wing it. Seek out a good local family law attorney immediately. Good luck!
You can fight it. i'm confused is the contempt action for 2178 or 10000? If you have the 2178 then you should pay it to get out of the matter. Otherwise, you can oppose it. You should consult with an attorney.
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