Civil contempt of court is defined as willful failure to comply with a Court Order. Often, it is argued that the failure to perform wasn’t willful but is due to some good and valid reason. The goal of civil contempt is not to imprison as in criminal contempt, but instead to compel someone to do something that he or she has been ordered to do.
If you entered into a Property Settlement Agreement requiring you to do certain things and you fail to do those things, a Petition to Enforce the Agreement and for Contempt is filed. The goal is to compel the contemptuous party to do what they are suppose to do. Sometimes, the court orders the payment of attorney fees and/or a fine in addition to demanding compliance with the Agreement.
Support contempt and contempt of a Protection from Abuse Order can result in penalties, fines and imprisonment.