This is a post about ILLINOIS law.
What can be expected in a contempt of court hearing? My husband was just served with papers ordering him to appear in court for a contempt of court hearing, for arrearages in child support. He hadnt paid because until about 2 months ago he was unaware that the order for child support existed. He was found the father by default, due to notification of court dates being sent to our previous address. We are attempting to file a motion/petition to reverse the default judgement of paternity until a DNA test can be ordered. However it is slow going because we cannot afford an attorney. Now the state is ordering him to respond to the contempt charge and is asking the judge to arrest him and set his bond at the amount of the arrearage. I realise that if arrested, we will have to pay to get him out, but what I am asking is this--WHAT IS THE LIKELY TO HAPPEN AT THIS HEARING? Is it a given that he will be arrested, like the hearing is a technicality for what is definetely going to happen? Or will they actually hear evidence about his not knowing about the order, and rule based on that?
Any advice about getting a DNA test ordered or 'beating' the arrest at this hearing?
We are not asking for help being a deadbeat dad, as he would pay if it was his child. He has always questioned the fact, and wants a DNA test to prove it.