Reinstating a contact order after repeated breaches, implacable hostility and parental alienation

Marie represented the Father in a case where he had a shared care arrangement for a child but the Mother then refused contact. After contact had not taken place for several months, at the FHDRA it was re-instated by a court order with the help of Cafcass.

One contact took place, and then the Mother breached the order and refused contact again.

Enforcement proceedings were commenced, contact was again reinstated and a s.7 report was ordered. The case transferred from the Magistrates to a District Judge on the grounds of implacable hostility to contact, and parental alienation. The Tier 2 court has more powers on enforcement, such as penal notices and orders of imprisonment and unpaid work if the order is further breached.