As family solicitors, a large percentage of our work relates to disputes following breakdowns of relationships in respect of time children spend with the other parent.
The court has set new guidelines for orders, stating that children must not be allowed to have contact of any kind with a parent if there is a risk of psychological or physical abuse to that child.
The guidance was given following campaigns by domestic violence groups and the guidance states that in cases where there is risk of harm to a child, event supported contact at a contact centre, is not appropriate.
Judges and Magistrates will have to undergo training to ensure that they follow the guidance properly and that child focused decisions are made. The guidance further states that interim contact orders should not be made when there are findings of domestic abuse or risk of abuse.
For more information on this topic or any of the services we provide please contact Catherine Taylor on 01273 685 888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.