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During a custody dispute, the judge says that either parent is not allowed to
talk bad about the other one. He then states that it extends to family
members as well. There was a contempt charge against me for something
that my friends and family allegedly did without my knowledge. Can I be held
in contempt for their actions?
Asked on February 21, 2017 under Family Law, Utah
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 6 years ago | Contributor
Legally, you are not liable for another person's actions, unless you assisted them in some way, directed them to do that, etc. As a practical matter, it may be that the court believes that you did cause this to happen; you may need testimony from a family member, etc. stating that they did this on their own, and that you were in fact not involved.
There is one exception: you can be held liable for the actions of a minor child under your legal control, as the parent or legal guardian.
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