Thank you for your follow up question and the opportunity to explain further,
I understand what happened. Your boyfriend was found in contempt in November, but was released after 20 days without serving the full sentence, provided that he paid according to the payment plan that he was given. If a Defendant is released without serving their full sentence, provided that they follow the requirements set down by the Court. If the Defendant does not adhere to the requirements, the Defendant must serve his "back time". This is not considered being tried a second time for the same issue because although he paid up in full, he did not continue to pay according to the payment plan which the Judge had imposed on him. When dealing with Contempt and incarceration for being found to be in Contempt, the Defendant is not asked to agree, or sign a stipulation that he will do, or refrain from doing a certain act. In this regard, the Judge enters an Order which the Defendant is required to follow if he wants to stay out of jail. Therefore, when he was found in Contempt this time, that is what the Judge meant when he stated that your boyfriend "owed him time from the November 2012 charge. The penalty for being found in Contempt is incarceration for up to 6 months without the opportunity to purge one's self by paying what was owed. It can be that the Judge did not list an amount because he meant to sentence your boyfriend to 6 months in jail and he did not list an amount because the Judge might have decided that he would have to serve the 6 months without the privilege of purging himself and being released earlier than 6 months.
It is not illegal to add the Attorneys' fees incurred by the recipient of the child support payments because the law imposes a legal obligation on parents to support their children. The reason behind the legality of awarding Attorney's Fees is that if a child support Order was entered in favor of a custodial parent, the law does not believe that the custodial parent should have to incur legal fees to enforce a right which the law and the Court has already given to that parent.
However, and as I stated in my previous Answer, if the penalty for a certain act might result in the incarceration of the Defendant, then that Defendant must have a lawyer appointed for him if he tells the Court that he cannot afford a private Attorney.
I realize that this is not exactly the Answer you were hoping for and it would have given me great pleasure to give you the Answer you wanted to hear, but I have an ethical obligation to you to give you only correct Answers and information, so I am respectfully asking that you not hold the law applicable to your boyfriend's situation against me,
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