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Breach of Court Order: What Steps to Take Next?

By: Louise Smith, barrister - Updated: 8 Dec 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Contact Order Court Warning Notice

Q.

I have a court order in order to see my daughter. In court the times were agreed as to when I get to see my daughter. Her mother keeps changing the times when I can pick her up so is constantly in breach of the court order.

I am not happy with this and there is no reasoning with the mother. How do I take it back to court?

(C.T, 2 April 2009)

A.

Contact Orders

A contact order is a court order which sets out the circumstances in which someone who does not live with a child may see that child. Contact Orders often relate to a parent’s contact with their child but they may also be made in relation to contact with the child’s grandparents, brothers and sisters or other relatives.

Breach of a Contact Order

The odd deviation from the terms of a contact order may be forgiven. However, it can be very frustrating for a parent without custody if the parent with custody seems to be deliberately preventing contact. Talking to the other person should always be the first step. If - as in your case - this gets nowhere, a letter from a solicitor reminding the other person of their obligations may work. If they still refuse to comply, an application may be made to court.

Warning Notices and Enforcing Contact Orders

All contact orders made since 8th December 2008 contain a warning notice setting out the consequences of failure to comply. A contact order varied by a court after this date should also have a warning notice attached. Before applying to enforce a contact order made prior to that date an application must first be made to have a warning notice attached to it.

An application to have a warning notice attached to a contact order is made using form C78 which is available to download from the HMCS (Her Majesty’s Court Service) website.

The Court’s Powers to Enforce a Contact Order

If a court is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that there has been a breach of a contact order, and that there is no reasonable excuse for the breach, they may make an enforcement order. An enforcement order requires the party in breach to carry out between 40 and 200 hours of unpaid work, which will be monitored by the probation service. If breach of the contact order has led to financial loss – for example a cancelled holiday - an application may also be made to the court for financial compensation.

An application for an enforcement order, or for financial compensation, is made using form C79, which may also be downloaded from the HMCS website. The application may be made to the court which made the contact order or to any court which has the power to deal with family cases.

The court also has the power to find that an individual is in contempt of court for failing to comply with a contact order. If a party persistently breaches a contact order they may be held to be in contempt of court and could be committed to prison or fined.

It would be advisable to seek legal advice about your situation before making an application. The Citizens Advice Bureau should be able to provide free legal advice about the steps to take following breach of a contact order.

For more information about family courts and what to expect take a look at our article What Happens at Family Court.

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Luis - Your Question:
Hello I have a situation that is making me very upset and even my solicitor is not doing nothing.I have a court order but my ex is breaking the order.without any explanation I did contact my solicitor but.nothingMy son has almost 3 years.he told me that for me to change the court order I need to wait 2 years(for share residence order/contact overnigth(i have a strong bond with my son)I have concerns about my ex (whene comes to my son)I did report to social services but they are ignoring.Do I need to take this case to the newspaper and tv.to be heard?

Our Response:
Any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. If your ex is breaching the court order, you can ask a solicitor to write a letter remind your ex of his obligations to the order and the repercussions if he doesn't keep to it (which might bring him back into line) - or apply to attend mediation in order to try to resolve the issue between you and your ex. If your ex refuses to attend mediation, then you would have to option to take the matter back to court. Court enforcement should only be used as a final resort, as this will be added expense, and will generally only serve to increase tensions between the parties. In order to apply to the court for enforcement of a child arrangement order (or contact order / residence order), you will need to fill in, issue and serve form C79 (which can be found on the HMRC website). However, the court will wish to see that other methods of resolving the issue have been attempted, which is where a solicitor's letter as a reminder to your ex can either help resolve the situation, or act as evidence that you have attempted to resolve the issue out of court.
CourtroomAdvice - 11-Dec-17 @ 3:12 PM
Hello i have a situation that is making me very upset and even my solicitor is not doing nothing.. I have a court order but my ex is breaking the order..without any explanation i did contact my solicitor but..nothing My son has almost 3 years..he told me that for me to change the court order i need to wait 2 years(for share residence order/contact overnigth(i have a strong bond with my son) I have concerns about my ex (whene comes to my son) I did report to social services but they are ignoring.. Do i need to take this case to the newspaper and tv..to be heard?
Luis - 8-Dec-17 @ 7:10 PM
Bakersfield - Your Question:
My husband has been to court, with a court order now in place to see his 6 year old son every other weekend. We were due to have him this weekend but she refused him to come saying that he did not want to come also making the son leave a voice mail. Does the child have the right to decide at 6 years of age? And what can be done. He is easily influenced by his mum and as this weekend was a special family occasions she didn't want him to come.

Our Response:
Your husband may wish to ask a solicitor to write a letter to his ex reminding her of the terms of the court order, and the repercussions if she does not keep to it (as she is obviously in breach). If your husband's ex ignores this, then he would have to refer the matter back to court if she continues to breach the terms of the order.
CourtroomAdvice - 28-Nov-17 @ 4:14 PM
My husband has been to court, with a court order now in place to see his 6 year old son every other weekend. We were due to have him this weekend but she refused him to come saying that he did not want to come also making the son leave a voice mail. Does the child have the right to decide at 6 years of age? And what can be done. He is easily influenced by his mum and as this weekend was a special family occasions she didn't want him to come.
Bakersfield - 28-Nov-17 @ 2:49 PM
Soose- Your Question:
Hi, I have moved over to Northern Ireland from England with my Son. His father took me to court to stop us going but was unsuccessful as it was what my Sin wanted too. There is a court order in place that his Father should visit every 8 months and then I must go to England 8 months from that date. I have been to England but he hasn't come here. The order also states that every other Xmas he is to be with his Dad, I have booked my flights to take him over to England however my son doesn't want to go, he doesn't want to see his Dad. His Dad doesn't really bother with him, doesn't pay towards his upbringing and gives his girlfriends son slot more attention, buys him designer clothes and gifts but nothing for his Son. What will happen if I respect my Son's wishes? Surely it's wrong to force him in to something he doesn't want to do? He's a 13 year old boy. I really don't know what to do. His father is a horrible horrible man.

Our Response:
Any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. If they change the terms of the order without referring the matter back to court, they will be in breach. If your ex has little contact with your son, then perhaps contacting your ex directly to request that your son stays with you at Xmas would be the best thing to do. If not mediation may also be an option. However, if your ex wishes the contact order to remain in place, you are bound by this unless you take the matter back to court for reconsideration on the basis your ex has not been to visit your son and there is little contact between them.
CourtroomAdvice - 13-Nov-17 @ 11:49 AM
Hi, I have moved over to Northern Ireland from England with my Son. His father took me to court to stop us going but was unsuccessful as it was what my Sin wanted too. There is a court order in place that his Father should visit every 8 months and then I must go to England 8 months from that date. I have been to England but he hasn't come here. The order also states that every other Xmas he is to be with his Dad, I have booked my flights to take him over to England however my son doesn't want to go, he doesn't want to see his Dad. His Dad doesn't really bother with him, doesn't pay towards his upbringing and gives his girlfriends son slot more attention, buys him designer clothes and gifts but nothing for his Son. What will happen if I respect my Son's wishes? Surely it's wrong to force him in to something he doesn't want to do? He's a 13 year old boy. I really don't know what to do. His father is a horrible horrible man.
Soose - 12-Nov-17 @ 9:49 PM
Dave- Your Question:
Hello My ex is a funny one 9 x to family court over contact and still the same the courts family programme dI'd not work Eg phone call my name on my kids passport taking them out of the country Cms being criufied in excessive payments School involvement Denied contact even with a contact order Mediation twice refused to attend My kids ask the mother for increased contact time she refuses Said in court I don't care if I lose my home my job or contact with our children And the system is in her favour The whole system lacks equality dignity And is abuse Now under the Cms rules they want 50% off my income on a guesstimated income The new system is even harder now to attend court to get a resolution Mediation won't work so theirs money I had to pay then pay again going to court Then somehow pay 50% child tax as well keep a home and have continual contact with my children Stress is unreal and no wonder domestic violence is on the increase Thanks

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear about your frustration through court. However, CMS would not request 50% of your income. The only situation where CMS can veer from the standard formula, if you are subjected to arrears if for some reason you have not paid. Standard CMS basic rates are as follows; if you’re paying child maintenance and you’re on the basic rate, the amount you pay will depend on the number of children you’re being asked to pay for. The figures below assume that your children stay with the parent who receives child maintenance all the time. On the basic rate, if you’re paying for: One child, you’ll pay 12% of your gross weekly income. Two children, you’ll pay 16% of your gross weekly income. Three or more children, you’ll pay 19% of your gross weekly income, please see link here
CourtroomAdvice - 23-Oct-17 @ 10:46 AM
Hello My ex is a funny one 9 x to family court over contact and still the same the courts family programme dI'd not work Eg phone call my name on my kids passport taking them out of the country Cms being criufied in excessive payments School involvement Denied contact even with a contact order Mediation twice refused to attend My kids ask the mother for increased contact time she refuses Said in court I don't care if I lose my home my job or contact with our children And the system is in her favour The whole system lacks equality dignity And is abuse Now under the Cms rules they want 50% off my income on a guesstimated income The new system is even harder now to attend court to get a resolution Mediation won't work so theirs money I had to pay then pay again going to court Then somehow pay 50% child tax as well keep a home and have continual contact with my children Stress is unreal and no wonder domestic violence is on the increase Thanks
Dave - 22-Oct-17 @ 12:20 PM
My son has an enforcement order to have contact with his 2 daughtersbut his ex expects him to half school holidays. On occasions he has had them extra days as have we. He is now is employed but on a 6 th month trial and cannot get school holidays off. His ex is threatening court action again although she expects him to arrange it , if he doesn’t have them this Tuesday onwards as half term , including weekend. She is in hospital We’d, my current partner (who I have 2 children with) is also in hospitalThursday. The 2 children that live with me are going to my grandparents on Thursday and my parents are going away to see my other grandmother who has Alzheimer’s with who they will be staying and caring for. My ex doesn’t understand why I can’t get someone else to have my daughters so is refusing me even to speak with them. I should have them every other weekend and I call the weekend I don’t have them
Shell - 21-Oct-17 @ 3:00 PM
Jessy - Your Question:
Pleeease help. My brother has got a court order with a warning notice for contact with his child at his ex partners grandparents house every Saturday for 2 hours. After 9 weeks (supervised) contact, it extends by half an hour (unsupervised) every 3 weeks. As we are on the 9 week and next week unsupervised contact start, he has received a letter from his ex partners solicitor stating that due to a list of reasons (that are untrue and unproven) that unsupervised contact will not be happening. My brother is not financially able to appoint a solicitor and would prefer to represent himself. Can you please advise us if she can stop unsupervised contact just like that and if so what can we do about it? Thank you.

Our Response:
Any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. Another option is to ask a solicitor to write a letter to your brother's ex's solicitor stating that his ex is in breach of the court order and therefore in contempt of court. If access is not resumed as per the court order, then he will have no option than to refer the matter back to court. If your brother does this, it shows he has given his ex chance to keep to the order. If he wishes to represent himself, please see the Bar Council link here. If his ex cannot prove any of the accusations, access to the order should be resumed.
CourtroomAdvice - 5-Oct-17 @ 3:02 PM
sarz - Your Question:
My uncle n his wife have a special guardianship order for my son and we share parental responsibility 50% each the court order for acess was 6 months of supervised contact over seen by social services then after the 6 months contact was down to a family arrangement but over seen by my uncle and his wife, after the 6 months of supervised contact my contacts should of increased as long as everything went ok and my son was happy with it which he was we should of been seeing each other more often and not in a contact center and eventually working towards over night stays and eventually coming back to live with me but this didn't happen my uncle decreased our contact time and made us have it at the contact center, I did everything I could do to go along with them even though it killed me and I know they were doing wrong but I hoped things would work themselves out but they never instead it got worse to the point they stopped all contact and they are breaking the court order I've ask social services for help but nobody seems to want to help please does anyone know what steps I can take or where I can turn to for some help I'm desperate I want to see my son it's breaking my heart and I know it's doing the same to my child as we've always been very close our bond is very strong which is one good thing, we've been let down very badly my social services from the beginning and the just closed our case knowing things were bad between us and our family is divide through this but they didn't want to know and still don't so please I'm begging you if anyone can help me I'd be very grateful thank you.

Our Response:
Any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. Your uncle has breached the order, therefore, in the first place you could ask a solicitor to write a letter reminding your uncle of the terms of the order and that by not keeping to it, he is in contempt of court. If the letter does not work, then you may wish to refer the matter back to the courts. If you cannot afford legal representation you can self-litigate, please see link here. If you are on a low income, then you also may get a reduction in court costs, please see link here.
CourtroomAdvice - 5-Oct-17 @ 2:34 PM
Pleeease help. My brother has got a court order with a warning notice for contact with his child at his ex partners grandparents house every Saturday for 2 hours. After 9 weeks (supervised) contact, it extends by half an hour (unsupervised) every 3 weeks. As we are on the 9 week and next week unsupervised contact start, he has received a letter from his ex partners solicitor stating that due to a list of reasons (that are untrue and unproven) that unsupervised contact will not be happening. My brother is not financially able to appoint a solicitor and would prefer to represent himself. Can you please advise us if she can stop unsupervised contact just like that and if so what can we do about it? Thank you.
Jessy - 4-Oct-17 @ 7:26 PM
My uncle n his wife have a special guardianship order for my son and we share parental responsibility 50% each the court order for acess was 6 months of supervised contact over seen by social services then after the 6 months contact was down to a family arrangement but over seen by my uncle and his wife, after the 6 months of supervised contact my contacts should of increased as long as everything went ok and my son was happy with it which he was we should of been seeing each other more often and not in a contact centerand eventually working towards over night stays and eventually coming back to live with me but this didn't happen my uncle decreased our contact time and made us have it at the contact center, I did everything I could do to go along with them even though it killed me and I know they were doing wrong but I hoped things would work themselves out but they never instead it got worse to the point they stopped all contact and they are breaking the court order I've ask social services for help but nobody seems to want to help please does anyone know what steps I can take or where I can turn to for some help I'm desperate I want to see my son it's breaking my heart and I know it's doing the same to my child as we've always been very close our bond is very strong which is one good thing, we've been let down very badly my social services from the beginning and the just closed our case knowing things were bad between us and our family is divide through this but they didn't want to know and still don't so please I'm begging you if anyone can help me I'd be very grateful thank you.
sarz - 4-Oct-17 @ 4:57 PM
LyJam - Your Question:
My husband has a shared residence order with his ex wife that states they must agree the shared residence plan for the following year by the 30th September in the current year. Despite the fact that my husband always sends his proposals by the very beginning of September each year and asks that the order is complied with by agreement being reached by the 30th, his ex wife never responds in good time so that this can happen. In 2013, she refused to respond to his proposals and when she hadn't done so after he repeatedly requested her to do so by the 31st October that year, he completed a C100/specific issue section 8 order. Once she received a letter to attend court, she reluctantly complied and the hearing was vacated. In 2014, she would not comply with a specific undertaking in the order, and due to changes in the court process, they had to attend mediation, which my husband paid for, and she again reluctantly complied with the order. Last year, she did not respond until the middle of December. We feel that the same will happen this year. My husband sent her his proposals a week ago and she has not responded. He has sent her a message to ask her to respond to him. He now feels that this cannot be allowed to happen every year as arranging and paying for mediation does not work long term. It is also stressful and not in the best interest of his children. Is there a way he can apply to the court for assistance without going through costly and time consuming mediation please? When he completed the C100, he had to pay £250, which he would be happy to do again. Many thanks.

Our Response:
Much depends upon whether the arrangements need changing. If they do not, a solicitor's letter stating that due to the fact his ex has not responded (again) he will conclude the arrangement will stand as originally specified as per the court order. It is important your husband logs and keeps a record of how he has kept to the order and how his ex has not (should he need this for evidence in the future). Alternatively, if he needs to change the order, the letter could be worded; as his ex has refused to keep to the order again, he assumes that unless his ex responds he will conclude this new arrangement is considered satisfactory.
CourtroomAdvice - 12-Sep-17 @ 2:38 PM
My husband has a shared residence order with his ex wife that states they must agree the shared residence plan for the following year by the 30th September in the current year.Despite the fact that my husband always sends his proposals by the very beginning of September each year and asks that the order is complied with by agreement being reached by the 30th, his ex wife never responds in good time so that this can happen.In 2013, she refused to respond to his proposals and when she hadn't done so after he repeatedly requested her to do so by the 31st October that year, he completed a C100/specific issue section 8 order.Once she received a letter to attend court, she reluctantly complied and the hearing was vacated.In 2014, she would not comply with a specific undertaking in the order, and due to changes in the court process, they had to attend mediation, which my husband paid for, and she again reluctantly complied with the order.Last year, she did not respond until the middle of December.We feel that the same will happen this year.My husband sent her his proposals a week ago and she has not responded.He has sent her a message to ask her to respond to him.He now feels that this cannot be allowed to happen every year as arranging and paying for mediation does not work long term.It is also stressful and not in the best interest of his children.Is there a way he can apply to the court for assistance without going through costly and time consuming mediation please?When he completed the C100, he had to pay £250, which he would be happy to do again. Many thanks.
LyJam - 11-Sep-17 @ 8:27 PM
I have a court arrangement where my children's father has them few hours every other weekend while I work. He has failed to pick them up for nearly 2 months now. What Cani do to get things sorted.
Teddy - 5-Sep-17 @ 12:51 PM
SB - Your Question:
Hi I have a court arrangement with my sons father in place for 3 years now. Which states weekend arrangements for him to be with his dad 3 weekends in a month and pick up and drop off at my home and Christmas etc. School holidays to be divided equally and arranged between us both not reiterating pick up and drop off. His father decided he wanted me to pick my son up from his home in school holidays without any discussion. His father lives one and a half hours train journey away and I don't drive. I still live in the home we shared. In the summer dad didn't bring him home and I was unable to go get him, 2 days later I got help to pick him up to find out he wasn't even with his dad he was with his partner and a 2 1/2 car journey away. His dad again has refused to bring him home yesterday and has stated he will bring him to school tomorrow. What is the correct path to take from here? I really hope you can help.

Our Response:
If your ex has breached the court order if only by default, I advise you request you ex attends mediation. If there is no request in the court order regarding drop-offs and pick-ups, then the matter is left to compromise, as your ex is theoretically not solely responsible for transporting your child on every journey. Your only other option is to refer the matter back to court for the court to decide what it thinks is in the best interests of your child, especially if the logistics are interfering with the court order arrangement. Also, if you suggest mediation the court will see that you have attempted to try to resolve the matter out of court first.
CourtroomAdvice - 5-Sep-17 @ 10:14 AM
I have also suggested mediation a few times over the last year. Which isn't something he woulld like to do as he believes no changes can be made to the arrangement.
SB - 4-Sep-17 @ 6:48 PM
Hi I have a court arrangement with my sons father in place for 3 years now. Which states weekend arrangements for him to be with his dad 3 weekends in a month and pick up and drop off at my home and Christmas etc. School holidays to be divided equally and arranged between us both not reiterating pick up and drop off. His father decided he wanted me to pick my son up from his home in school holidays without any discussion. His father lives one and a half hours train journey away and I don't drive. I still live in the home we shared. In the summer dad didn't bring him home and I was unable to go get him, 2 days later I got help to pick him up to find out he wasn't even with his dad he was with his partner and a 2 1/2 car journey away. His dad again has refused to bring him home yesterday and has stated he will bring him to school tomorrow. What is the correct path to take from here? I really hope you can help.
SB - 4-Sep-17 @ 3:44 PM
Nana - Your Question:
My son was granted a Contact Order with a Warning Notice in 2011. We have had problems over the years gaining access but not wanting to rock the boat we accepted all terms made by my daughter in law. Unfortunately for reasons unknown to us, she has stopped all contact since December 2016. My son has spoken to her on several occasions, but is being increasingly unreasonable (mainly over money). We have threatened her with court but this made no difference. We sent her a copy of the Contact Order with the Warning Notice advising her that she was in breach however this has made no difference. We are not financially able to appoint a solicitor and would prefer to represent ourselves. Can you please advice whether we issued the warning correctly and whether we need to go to court to enforce. Thank you.

Our Response:
Any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. Therefore, if your son's ex has done this, then your son would need to refer the matter back to court. You have issued the warning correctly. However, there is a large gap between his ex breaching the order and your son deciding to take the matter further, you may have to explain/justify the reasons why. But the order still stands unless a court decides otherwise. Therefore, it is in your son's best interests to take this matter back to court asap. Please also note, if the dispute is over money (i.e child maintenance), then child maintenance payments and child access have no bearing upon each other i.e your son's ex cannot stop access by using the children as a bribe in connection to money. I hope this helps.
CourtroomAdvice - 31-Aug-17 @ 12:03 PM
My son was granted a Contact Order with a Warning Notice in 2011. We have had problems over the years gaining access but not wanting to rock the boat we accepted all terms made by my daughter in law. Unfortunately for reasons unknown to us, she has stopped all contact since December 2016. My son has spoken to her on several occasions, but is being increasingly unreasonable (mainly over money). We have threatened her with court but this made no difference. We sent her a copy of the Contact Order with the Warning Notice advising her that she was in breach however this has made no difference. We are not financially able to appoint a solicitor and would prefer to represent ourselves. Can you please advice whether we issued the warning correctly and whether we need to go to court to enforce. Thank you.
Nana - 29-Aug-17 @ 2:44 PM
Life- Your Question:
Hi there I have a court order a child arrangement put in place I have Beth to court twice over my ex husband trying to get custody of my two children the order was put in place but he is not following it at all he is suppose to ring at 7.30 every eve but doesn't he now sees them alternative Sundays but doesn't pick up on time or drop off on time it's suppose to be 10 till 6.30 he Turns up at 10.30 home between 4.30 5 please can you help what can I do about this ? This is effecting my two children especially my oldest

Our Response:
Arguably anything that does not comply with the order is a breach. For example if the order states that the non-resident parent should have contact every Friday from 5pm and contact is not provided until 5:05pm, this is technically a breach of the order. However it is important to be reasonable; the courts are unlikely to take any action if it considers the breach insignificant. The courts' guidance states that unless a breach is regular and intentional, they will not usually take action to enforce the order or punish the breach. Further it is important to consider the needs of your child first and so some flexibility may be needed on occasion. However, any changes to a contact order must be agreed by both parties. One party cannot unilaterally decide to change the order or apply additional terms. If they wish to do so, they will need to refer the matter back to the courts. The first step in the event of a breach of an order should be to try to discuss this with the other party involved. If your ex refuses to listen and continues to breach the order, then if you have a solicitor, you may wish to ask them to write to the other party reminding them of their obligations to the order. Mediation can be used as the next step. Court enforcement should only be used as a final resort.
CourtroomAdvice - 8-Aug-17 @ 10:39 AM
Hi there I have a court order a child arrangement put in place I have Beth to court twice over my ex husband trying to get custody of my two children the order was put in place but he is not following it at all he is suppose to ring at 7.30 every eve but doesn't he now sees them alternative Sundays but doesn't pick up on time or drop off on time it's suppose to be 10 till 6.30 he Turns up at 10.30 home between 4.30 5 please can you help what can I do about this ? This is effecting my two children especially my oldest
Life - 6-Aug-17 @ 6:21 PM
Hi s.S breached the court order which has put my daughter @ risk. They have had 2 do pregnancy test n std tests.my solicitorhas said it will cost me 120 pound 2 c him as I got no income comming in as I'm appealing esa decision 2 kick me of can any give me some advice on my right please
Netty - 20-Jul-17 @ 5:28 PM
Beth - Your Question:
My friends have a court order for the living arrangements of their 6 year old granddaughter. She lives with them but spends one weekend in three with her father. He has just sent them a message to say he is not bringing her back. His reasons are spurious, both court and Social Services are satisfied with her care at home - but what can my friends do in the short term? Taking it back to court is costly and takes a long time.

Our Response:
If a child arrangement order is in place that specifies the child is to live with her grandparents, then the police can return the child to the grandparents on the back of the court order.
CourtroomAdvice - 17-Jul-17 @ 3:30 PM
My friends have a court order for the living arrangements of their 6 year old granddaughter. She lives with them but spends one weekend in three with her father. He has just sent them a message to say he is not bringing her back. His reasons are spurious, both court and Social Services are satisfied with her care at home - but what can my friends do in the short term? Taking it back to court is costly and takes a long time.
Beth - 16-Jul-17 @ 8:37 PM
Angie - Your Question:
Socail worker failed assesments to be done yet her dad who is in jail sighed her over to our foster care we not had visit since she been taken nowember need urgent help

Our Response:
I'm afraid we cannot advise on this - you would have to seek legal guidance.
CourtroomAdvice - 13-Jun-17 @ 9:53 AM
Socail worker failed assesments to be done yet her dad who is in jail sighed her over to our foster care we not had visit since she been taken nowember need urgent help
Angie - 12-Jun-17 @ 2:27 AM
Social worker failed to carry out assesments on juge order social worker refuse to speak anyone faliy i not seen my granchild since she was placed. In foster care i need urgent help
Angie - 12-Jun-17 @ 2:24 AM
Social services failed to do assments for foster care of my granchild on judges order my grandaughter is with strangers problems with same social worker previously and should not be involved in this due to previosly haveing conflict with family
Angie - 5-Jun-17 @ 11:12 AM
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    There is a court order in place that my ex sees my daughter (my solicitor advised me not to take ex so he took me ) I comply with the…
    14 December 2017
  • RaB
    Re: Your Rights on Arrest
    @pole - depends upon how much evidence they have to gather. Possession of an offensive weapon is a serious offence which normally carries a…
    14 December 2017
  • Pole
    Re: Your Rights on Arrest
    Hi. I have been arrested in march for possession of class b (cannabis - about 0.7gram) and possession of offensive weapon (pistol…
    12 December 2017
  • Joe
    Re: Probation and Community Sentencing
    I’m currently on Probation for a domestic battery offence. I’m in court on Friday for breaching this by missing one…
    12 December 2017
  • Etaf
    Re: What Happens at an Immigration Hearing?
    I had a hearing 2 months ago for a spouse visa appeal and they said the decision will be written and should come…
    11 December 2017
  • Lmack
    Re: Failure to Attend Jury Service
    I have just realised my jury duty was meant to be today... who or where do I call? I called the jurors hotline n was told I…
    11 December 2017
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