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Clarksville Contempt Lawyers

Ready to Protect Your Rights & Best Interests in Contempt Proceedings

Is the other parent withholding visitation and uncooperative about setting up make-up dates? Is he/she willfully refusing to pay child support or alimony? Is your ex-spouse not complying with the final divorce agreement? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, an experienced family law attorney can help you file a Petition for Contempt to ensure the other party follows the court order or faces harsh punishment for knowingly failing to do so.

At Jeff Grimes & Associates, PLLC, we are committed to helping clients either enforce a court order or defend themselves false allegations. With over 40 years of collective experience in family law and criminal defense matters in Tennessee, our Clarksville contempt attorneys can assess your case, figure out your available options, and provide you with effective and personalized legal solutions to get the most favorable result in your case.

For more information about our experienced legal services, call us today at (931) 398-5308.

Contempt in Tennessee

Contempt means intentionally and willfully violating a court order.

Common examples of contempt actions include:

  • Parenting plan violations
  • Failure to pay child or spousal support
  • Obey the property division provision of the final agreement

There are two types of contempt in Tennessee: civil contempt and criminal contempt.

Civil contempt is an action to enforce a court order based on the “preponderance of evidence” (i.e. the accused party more than likely than not willfully ignored a court order) Since this type of contempt is remedial, rather than punitive, the accused individual has an opportunity to comply with the order in order to avoid being found in contempt. However, continued failure to comply can lead to jail time and a fine.

By contrast, criminal contempt is an action to punish the accused party for willfully violating a court order. The court must prove that the accused party intentionally violated the order beyond a reasonable doubt. A conviction can result in a maximum 10-day jail sentence for each count of contempt and a fine.

The aggrieved party must file a Petition of Contempt with the county court. The court will serve the accused party and set a date for a court hearing. The accused party has an opportunity to defend himself/herself in court.

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Whether you are interested in filing for contempt or defending yourself, our firm can provide compassionate and knowledgeable legal services to help you get the best possible result. If the court rules in your favor, the other party may have to pay your attorney’s fees, so what do you have to lose? Do not wait to let us fight for you in Montgomery County criminal or family court immediately.

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    "They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed."

    I hired their law firm for a legal case and not only were they highly professional but always courteous and respectful. They exceeded my expectations and got me everything I needed. If I ever need legal services again I will definitely be choosing them in the future.

    - Lisa S.
    "HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars."

    If you need legal counsel then I highly recommend you make an appointment with this firm. Mr. Sensing was my attorney and is very dedicated to his clients going to great lengths to provide the very best defense possible. Stays in touch with his clients always bringing them up to speed on what is being done in their case providing copies of everything to the client. HONEST, LOYAL, AND DEDICATED this firm gets 5 stars.

    - Brad H.
    "I can honestly say I was not disappointed."

    I took a trip out to TN and got in to some trouble in Clarksville and needed representation for a case while I was I back in my home state. I went to Grimes, Sensing & Clemons feeling distraught and like I had no hope, seeking a solid defense attorney that would actually fight for my case and get me the best possible deal. I left feeling comfortable and confident. I can honestly say I was not disappointed, the only time I needed to come back to TN was for the sentencing(mind you cases may differ) and unbelievably Jeffery Grimes was able to pull a rabbit out of a hat and get a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor as well as talk down the court fines... I strongly suggest Jeffery Grimes as your defense attorney for any legal issues you may have, also their fees are very reasonable and they will do payment plans. Thank you very much Grimes, Sensing and Clemons.

    - Spence W.
    "Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless."

    Thank you so much Grimes, Sensing & Clemons PLLC!! I've been working with them for months and I couldn't be happier. Grimes helped with all of the little details I didn't even know I needed. He is always friendly and ready to answer all of my questions. Your attention to my case has allowed me to focus on what's important to me, healing and family. Thank you for helping me I know it’s your job but the peace of mind you gave me is priceless. Thanks again! ~ YC

    - Satisfied Client
    "The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for."

    I hired Mr Sensing to assist me with the modification of a parenting plan that just wasn’t working anymore. I hired another lawyer in the Clarksville area that did not do their due diligence. Mr Sensing and his team were great throughout the process. Emails and phone calls were actually returned in a timely manner! Which wasn’t the case with the lawyer I used before. I had access to all my court documents and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Lastly Mr Sensing is very experienced and knowledgeable in his field. The outcome for my request was better than I could have hoped for, and I honestly feel like that was due to Mr Sensing.

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    "Best defense lawyer you could ask for."

    Grimes is the best defense lawyer you could ask for. He was able to take what would generally be a felony for sure and get it down to a misdemeanor and a fine. If you have him as your lawyer, you won't have anything to worry about.

    - Dennis H.
    "Very professional and fairly priced!"

    Mr.Grimes made my case go very smoothly and easily for me I was out of state for a good part of it he went out of his way to let me know if something changed and he was always very professional and fairly priced! I would recommend him a thousand times over!!

    - David L.
    "Fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted."

    Mr. Sensing is an excellent attorney. He fought with me the whole 2 years my case took for me to get the time with my son I’ve always wanted. I will definitely recommend his services to anyone and I will be going back to him if I have any issues in the future. Also Pat and Amy are awesome!!

    - Satisfied Client

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