Shelita Washington (plaintiff) and Artis Ivey (defendant) were parents to three children. Ivey and Washington were parties to a child custody and support proceeding. Prior to trial, Washington petitioned the trial court for an award of attorney and expert fees from Ivey, who had admitted that he was an extraordinarily high-income earner. In September 1997, the trial court ordered Ivey to pay $2,898 in attorney fees and costs by November 10, 1997. On November 19, 1997, Ivey was also ordered to pay $83,265 in attorney and expert fees in six installments. Ivey’s attorney was present in court when the orders were issued by the trial court. However, Ivey failed to make the ordered payments. After the orders were issued by the trial court, a large sum of money was transferred out of Ivey’s bank account. Ivey was personally served with the orders in January 1998. Ivey still did not comply with the orders, and Washington filed a petition with the trial court alleging seven counts of contempt. The trial court issued an order to Ivey to show cause why he should not be held in contempt. Ivey made some payments but did not pay the full amount. The trial court found Ivey guilty of seven counts of contempt and sentenced Ivey to 14 days in jail. The trial court suspended all but three days on condition of future compliance. Ivey appealed.