These instructions are to help you
file a motion for contempt. Legal words and court documents can be
confusing. The more you know, the more comfortable you will be when you
fill out the necessary court forms and come to court. These instructions will give you some useful information and instructions on filling
out the necessary forms.
Every case is different and this instruction
sheet is to be used as a guide only; if you think you need more help you
may want to get an attorney. You can also go to a
Court Service Center or contact the
Connecticut Network for Legal
find additional information at the Law Libraries.
Court staff can answer procedural questions and help you understand the
legal process, but cannot give you legal advice.
To file a motion for contempt you
have to fill out the following 2 forms:
Once you finish your paperwork,
you must take it to the Superior Court Clerk’s office. There is
no fee to file the motion. The Clerk will sign and return the
Motion for Contempt form to you. It must be delivered to the
other party by a State Marshal. The Clerk’s office or the Court
Service Center can give you a
list of State Marshals.
A State Marshal will charge a fee for delivering the Motion
which you must pay, unless the court has decided that you do not
have to pay. There is a form to ask the court to pay the State
Marshal fee if you prove that you cannot afford to pay. It is
the Application For Waiver Of Fees/
Appointment Of Counsel Family (JD-FM-75). Do not sign this form
until you are in front of a court clerk or notary public.
Once the Motion has been
delivered to the other party, the original paperwork must be
returned to the Clerk’s office with proof that the papers were
delivered to the other party. If the court decided that you do
not have to pay the filing fee, you must return the Application For Waiver Of
Fees/Appointment of Counsel with the Motion.
Be sure to make copies of all
your paperwork before returning it to the Clerk’s office because
your court date will be listed on the Motion for Contempt.
On the day of your hearing be
sure to come to court early because it can take 10 to 20 minutes
to get into the courthouse since everyone must go through a
metal detector. Be sure to bring copies of your forms and
anything else you would like to show the court. Go to your
assigned courtroom and wait for instructions. If you are not
sure where to go, check with the Clerk’s Office or Court Service