A child arrangements order is legally binding. If a parent breaches an order, they could receive a fine or, rarely, a prison sentence.
If you are experiencing a child arrangements order breach, keep a diary of all the breaches that take place as this is evidence. Before you take legal steps, try to resolve the issue by talking to the other parent yourself if you can.
If you cannot resolve the issue with your ex-partner, our solicitors can negotiate with their solicitors on your behalf or support you through mediation. Mediation involves an independent mediator facilitating discussions between you and your ex-partner so you may reach an agreement.
Sometimes it is not possible to resolve a dispute without going to court. In this case, our solicitors can apply to the court on your behalf to have the child arrangements order enforced. It is up to the party who has not complied with the order to demonstrate that they acted with justifiable reason.
If you need advice about enforcing a child arrangements order, our dedicated family solicitors can help you.