Many years ago I brought on contempt of court proceedings in a matrimonial proceeding that resulted in what I would categorize as a waste of time and money.
There are exceptions of course, but in my opinion, since the proceedings are quasi- criminal in the burden of proof required, the Courts are reluctant to readily make a finding of contempt of court but for flagrant intentional violations of an order and even then the penalty is more akin to a slap on the wrist.
In the application of yesteryear, I gave the opposing counsel a copy of a case from the mid 1600’s when the “accused” after being found in contempt of court was executed there and then. The Court did find the husband in contempt but refused to follow the English precedent.
The Supreme Court of Canada reviewed the law of civil contempt in Carey v Laiken 1015 SCC 17 :
” a solicitor holding that as an officer of the court, a solicitor of record is duty-bound to take scrupulous care to ensure respect for court orders. … [A]s the solicitor of record in the case, Carey should be held to the same standard of compliance as his client who was a party. [para. 64]”