Orders made in Children Act cases will now carry a warning notice spelling out the consequences of breach or noncompliance with its terms. Applications to enforce Orders are now relatively easy and can result in a party being brought before the Court to be fined, ordered to do unpaid work of between 40 and 200 hours or being ordered to pay financial compensation to the other party. In extreme cases a sentence of imprisonment or suspended sentence of imprisonment can be made.

Obviously the ultimate sanction is to remove the child from one parent and place it with the other, although these are remedies reserved, as mentioned, for the most extreme cases. The Court’s consideration will always be to protect the welfare of the child and so although these remedies are available, the impact upon the child of any financial penalty or otherwise will always be the Court’s primary concern.

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