Q: Plaintiff filed a motion of contempt saying I’m not complying with a parenting plan. Counterclaim has been filed. No res
Counterclaim has been filed and there’s no response to my counterclaim. The courts are giving the plaintiff 90 days to respond. Plaintiff already missed the 1st deadline to respond. Can I file something to before the 90 days are up to dismiss the case
A: You can't file a counterclaim in a contempt case. Having a case dismissed isn't as good as having a hearing and the Court finding you are not in contempt. Speak to an attorney about your options.
A: It's likely that a Motion to Dismiss will be denied. The Court is going to set a trial for the Plaintiff's contempt motion to be heard. I would focus on preparing for that hearing so that you can respond to the evidence and testimony. I would also advise you to hire an attorney prior to that, especially if the Plaintiff has an attorney. Because if the Plaintiff has requested relief such as payment of attorneys fees, if you are indeed found in contempt, you could be ordered to pay some or all of the Plaintiff's attorneys fees.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.