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Contempt is not automatic, although if you are not making a significant effort to clear up any arrears, it will more likely than not happen if she takes you back to court. It is usually within the judges discretion. If you begin to pay your arrearages down now, if you ex does decide to take you back to court, you will be able to show the judge you are making an effort to comply with the courts original order. Getting a second job is a big sacrifice and will go a long way in proving your sincerity. If you are in fact behind on the court ordered child support, there is not way of getting out of it other than to pay it. It will be up to the judge whether or not to find you in contempt and to decide what your punishment will be as a result.
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