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Cases of Interest: Contempt
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ALABAMA: Smith v. Smith, 703 So. 2d 418 (Ala. Civ. App. 1997).
The husband could be found in contempt for failing to satisfy an income tax debt as required by the parties' divorce judgment, which incorporated a separation agreement allocating tax liability to the husband.
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ARIZONA: Hirschfeld v. Superior Court, 11 ABA/BNA Law. Man. on Prof. Conduct 314 (Ariz. Ct. App. Sept. 26, 1995).
An attorney represented a father in contested custody proceedings. During the proceedings, the court adjourned and directed the parties to return the next day. As the parties and their attorneys were leaving the judge's chambers, the father's attorney asked the mother where she was hiding the child at issue.
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CONNECTICUT: Billings v. Billings, 54 Conn. App. 142, 732 A.2d 814 (1999).
The trial court had the authority to order the husband to purchase a life insurance policy, naming his wife as beneficiary, as part of a property settlement. The husband's failure to maintain the insurance policy was willful contempt.
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NEW YORK: Kim v. Kim, ___ Misc. 2d ___, 652 N.Y.S.2d 694 (Sup. Ct. 1996).
The husband's deceit in failing to disclose gifts given to his alleged paramour and to his relatives and in overstating his expenses warranted a finding of contempt and a fine of $10,000.
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OHIO: In re Ayer, 119 Ohio App. 3d 571, 695 N.E.2d 1180 (1997).
The husband could be held in civil contempt for transferring funds in violation of a temporary restraining order and could be ordered to withdraw pension funds and place them in escrow as a purge condition, but he could not be ordered to provide financial records to the wife every month as a purge condition.
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