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The person being charged with "Contempt of Court" faces jail time because they have not done what the court has ordered them to do. If your exspouse is charged with contempt, they have not paid their court ordered child support. Contempt of court brings the offender to court to face the judge and explain why the child support payments have not been made. Rarely will a judge order jail time for an obligor with his/her first contempt of court charge. If offender is arrested, child support must be paid before they can be released.