If you find this site useful, please donate to support our work

Get our latest news by email:


Looking for something?

« Parenting Strategy: let's have a debate | Main | People call it "living bereavement" »

Court order seeks to overcome resistance to contact

In a recent English court case, a mother who repeatedly resisted a contact order has been threatened with reversal of residence. 

The father's contact with the two sons (10 and 8) had ceased in August 2010.  Although some successful court-ordered contact was observed in 2011, the mother disengaged with the court.

The Judge found that the mother did not believe that the children needed a relationship with their father or the wider family and was not supporting contact. Furthermore, he was "convinced" that the children loved their father and wanted to be able to see him, but were being prevented from showing their feelings or acting on them.

On balance it was concluded that the children's welfare would be better served by living with the father, unless contact could take place successfully. The Judge took into account that it would be contrary to the children's interests to learn that the sort of manipulation they had been caught up in might succeed.

The mother will be given one more opportunity to facilitate contact. An order for two periods of residential contact has been made, but if this contact does not take place the children will live with the father.

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Court order seeks to overcome resistance to contact - News - Families Need Fathers Scotland

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>