How does contempt start?

If Washington County is providing support enforcement services, the child support worker may initiate contempt proceedings if contempt is determined to be an appropriate remedy. Once the worker initiates the contempt, it is referred to the County Attorney's Office to proceed with personal service of the obligor. If the location of the obligor is unknown, Washington County will be unable to pursue civil contempt until the obligor's location is confirmed.

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1. Who can receive child support?
2. What services are not available?
3. Who can use child support services?
4. After I apply, what else must I do?
5. If I apply for child support services, do I have any rights?
6. What is Contempt of Court?
7. What are the criteria for an obligor to be found in contempt?
8. How does contempt start?
9. What happens once the obligor is personally served?
10. Once the obligor is found to be in contempt, will payments start?
11. Will a contempt action automatically reinstate an obligor's driver's license?
12. The obligor did not show up at the contempt hearing, what happens now?
13. Can obligees bring obligors in for contempt themselves?
14. Why wouldn't contempt be used?