When divorce and child custody orders are issued, Colorado courts expect that they will be followed. When orders are violated, there will be consequences.
Nowhere is that more clear than in State Representative Tim Leonard’s case. According to an article in the Colorado Independent, Leonard has been ruled in contempt of court on multiple occasions for violating orders. His continued disregard for certain stipulations of the divorce settlement may now land him in jail.
Violations Of Child Custody Orders Come In Many Forms
Often, when people think about child custody order violations, they picture one parent refusing to let the other see the child. While that is definitely a serious problem, there are many other forms a violation can take.
In Leonard’s case, his ex-wife had been granted decision-making power regarding their children’s education. Leonard has made several attempts to interfere with the educational decisions made by his ex-wife. These attempts have taken the form of him trying to opt his children out of certain standardized tests on the basis that he thought they were “educationally insignificant.” Furthermore, he has refused to allow his children to use iPads in school.
The magistrate found Leonard in contempt of court and will enter a punitive sanction, which could include up to six months in jail.
Parents Must Use Caution When It Comes To Child Custody Orders
This case demonstrates that Colorado courts are serious about taking action to uphold child custody agreements. Even if you believe you are doing something minor, if it does not comply with the terms of the order, you could face sanctions. You are better off consulting an experienced attorney to pursue a modification, if appropriate.
If you need to enforce a child custody order because the other parent has violated it in any way, you may also want to discuss the matter with an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the process. Colorado has enacted laws that allow for an expedited procedure to address violations of parenting time orders along with sanctions against the noncomplaint parent.
At Scardina Family Law, we can help with all child custody issues, from modifications to enforcement actions.