What is a Purge Order? What is it’s function? How do you request or do it?

Question:

What is a Purge Order? What is it’s function? How do you request or do it?

I am going to be Petitioning to enforce for unpaid medical bills that my ex-wife doesn’t pay her half of, even though all bills are scanned and emailed to her timely after services are rendered for our kids. I will be asking that the court hold my ex-wife in contempt of Court. I have gotten advice on a purge order too, but I do not know if that is something I need to do or ask for along with the contempt request and I do not know it’s purpose.

Answer:

When a party is held in contempt one of the powers the Court has is to require the party held in contempt pay to the other party a lump sum of money in full or partial satisfaction of the amount owed that party. This lump sum is called a purge which means that it is paid to avoid further sanctions and purge the violator of the contempt. Often the payment is to avoid going to jail for non-payment. You should definately ask for a purge amount expecially if the amount owed is significant.

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