Motions for contempt do not solve the problem when a mom is faced with a deadbeat who does not paying his child support. It just opens the swinging door that the custodial has to walk through over and over again. It amounts to nothing more than a slap on the wrist and is more aggravating and time-consuming that necessary. It sets the custodial parent up to hope for a resolution that just doesn’t come. In the unlikely event that the parent is taken into custody, you still don’t have your child support. If instead of being taken into custody, they are required to make a payment, usually it’s a “purge payment” which amounts to a fraction of the arrears. A parent with $5000 in arrears might be required to make a purge of $500…on a good day. Contempt orders are best utilized as a means of leverage and not for collections. It’s best to utilize some of the collections methods which are recommended throughout this website. Take yourself out of the swinging doors and off of the hamster wheel and find out what you need to do to collect.