Gov Written Answer – Justice (Justice: Contact Orders)

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Raab, Dominic raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Justice; Family Courts; NRP Rights; Parenting

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 issued to fathers in respect of their children were issued in response to the breach of an existing contact order in each year since 2000;

(2) how many contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 were issued to fathers in respect of their children in each year since 2000;

(3) how many (a) parents and (b) fathers applied to court in respect of (i) one breach and (ii) three or more breaches of a contact order issued under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 in each year since 2000;

(4) how many contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 were issued in response to the breach of an existing contact order in each year since 2000.

Comment by #wco: via Tom Jones Posted on 31 Mar 2011 6:45 pm

Paragraph 5.35 of the Norgrove interim report
(31/3/11) states that

“In 2010 there were nearly 1000 applications for enforcement orders in respect of contact orders. In the same year, only 55 orders were made. Over the same period, there were 13 applications for financial compensation, with only four orders made.”

That of course discounts all the parents who went back to court for a fresh order, or those who couldn’t afford £90 and a day in court to apply and lose. With a 0.5% chance of any order being made, who can blame them?

Other Contacts: Djanogly, Jonathan

More information can be read at:
http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=2011-03-17a.47358.h

Published: 17/03/2011 12:00:00
http://www.thirdchamber.org.uk
http://www.wheresmydad.org.uk

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