If you don’t follow a disclosure order to pay a debt, you may be summonsed for civil contempt of court. This means you will have to go to court again for a contempt hearing, and could face some serious penalties.
At the contempt hearing, you will be given a chance to tell the judge the reasons you haven’t paid. If the judge finds you have a good reason for not paying (like if you were laid off from work or you were ill or injured), they can dismiss the contempt motion.
But, if the judge finds you do not have a good reason, they can jail you or fine you. The purpose of the punishment is to force you to pay. If you can come up with the money that you owe under the order, you should be released from jail or not have to pay the fine. You should get advice from a lawyer if this happens.
Also, if you miss two or more payments under an “installment order,” the court may order your employer to withhold some of your wages and to send that money to the creditor.