I recently took my sons mother to contempt for 16 counts but they were dismissed based on ambiguity. The judge told me that while she doesn’t think my sons mother did absolutely nothing wrong, her actions weren’t enough to be found in contempt. She suggested I request a motion to modify the ambiguous orders and said our regular judge (we’ve had the same one for all of our previous modifications) may agree that she violated her order and could take some of her custody away for it. Is this true?
Family law judges certainly can and do "punish" a parent who violates custody/visitation orders by taking away some of his/her custody/visitation rights. For example, if the other parent never confers with you regarding school decisions, then you could be granted sole or final decision-making authority over education-related decisions. If the other parent is routinely late dropping off or picking up a child, then the court could grant you more custodial time.
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