Opposing an OSC for contempt in a California divorce is the topic of this blog post.
Opposing an OSC for contempt in a California divorce is very important and any opposition to an OSC for contempt in California family law should be filed and served at least nine (9) Court days before the hearing pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1005 unless the Court has ordered otherwise.
If you have been served with an order to show cause for contempt in California the first thing you should do is to carefully review the order to show cause and supporting affidavit to determine what grounds for opposition exist.
Grounds for Opposing an OSC for contempt in a California divorce.
Possible grounds for opposing an OSC for contempt in a California divorce would include situations where the alleged child support arrearages first became due more than three (3) years ago. Therefore any child support amounts that are alleged to be owed that became due more than three (3) years ago are barred by the statute of limitations found in Code of Civil Procedure § 1218.5(b) which states in pertinent part that,
“If the contempt alleged is the failure to pay child, family, or spousal support, the period of limitations for commencing a contempt action is three years from the date that the payment was due”.
And if you were truly unable to pay the child support or comply with another Court order and can prove that by a preponderance of the evidence you should not be held in contempt.
Other possible grounds could include a case where the other party is alleging that you violated a Court order other than an order to pay support. In that case any alleged violations that occurred more than two (2) years ago are barred by the statute of limitations found in Code of Civil Procedure § 1218.5(b) which states in pertinent part that,
“A contempt action to enforce any other order made under the Family Code must be brought within two years “from the time that the alleged contempt occurred.”
You may also be entitled to what are known as “Jackson credits” towards any alleged child support arrearages for the period of time that the minor child or children physically resided with you as you are considered to have directly discharged your support obligation to the minor children.
Your opposition should contain a declaration stating the facts that support your affirmative defenses including any exhibits that support your affirmative defenses.
Remember that the party that filed the order to show cause for contempt must prove to the Court that you are guilty of contempt beyond a reasonable doubt. However you are only required to prove your affirmative defenses by a preponderance of the evidence in order to prevail in Court.
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