How do you enforce a Contact/Access Order? The Children and Adoption Act 2006 The Children & Families Act 2013






In brief

Child Arrangement Orders’ have been brought in as of April 2014, which endeavour to remove labelling of parents as either having the children living with them, or seeing them on a regular basis. This labelling has been the cause of a huge amount of litigation and whilst there is no presumption in favour of shared parenting, the message being clearly sent is that the courts see both parents having a proper involvement in their child’s life, provided that it is safe and not contrary to the child’s welfare. Orders about children no longer contain the words custody, access, visitation, residence or contact. Instead our children are ‘spending time’ with each parent.

New Rules for 2014

On 22 April 2014, a new vision of the practice of family law in England and Wales was ushered in. This was as a result of increasing distaste in government circles with the amount of public money being spent on family breakdown. The process of this very significant change began in 2013 with the eradication of legal aid for all family cases, except in cases of domestic abuse. It has moved on to the adoption of various recommendations of the Family Justice Review, which was published in November 2011.