Kate Logston (plaintiff) initiated contempt proceedings against her former husband Eugene Logston (defendant) for failing to comply with the dissolution-of-marriage judgment. The judgment was entered in January 1981 and, after dividing the assets, ordered Eugene to pay $221.50 per month to Kate. Kate was granted ownership of the martial home and was ordered to pay Eugene $16,887 for his interest in the home. At the time of judgment, Eugene was receiving $813.32 per month in payments from social security, pension, and disability insurance. Eugene failed to make the required payments, and Kate petitioned the court to find Eugene in contempt. In May 1983, the trial court held a hearing on the petition. At the time of the hearing, Eugene’s income had increased to $922.44. Eugene spent the majority of the money paid by Kate for the marital home on a trip to California. He also claimed monthly expenses for installment loans for an automobile, a recreational vehicle, and a loan obtained to remodel his new wife’s kitchen. The testimony at the hearing was unclear as to whether Eugene’s new wife shared payments on any of these debts. The trial court entered an order that Eugene owed $4,707.60 in arrearage. The trial court ordered Eugene to either pay $4,043.10 within 30 days or serve a jail sentence of not more than six months. Eugene appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court.