Supporting Father to maintain contact arrangements

Marie represented the Father in a case where his application to spend time with his child was proceeding (having been suspended by the Mother after an argument). His contact had been alternate weekend staying contact.

When the interim contact arrangement of once per week supervised visiting contact, which was put in place pending final hearing, was unilaterally changed in terms of day, venue, and time by the Mother, the Father issued an enforcement application.

At the first hearing of that enforcement application, the Court gave the Mother a choice of either abiding by the original order as to day, venue and time with a penal notice attached, or agreeing an alternative order with the Father in the interim.

The Mother reluctantly agreed a different interim contact arrangement which the Father was content with, and the enforcement application was retained as a further option if necessary in case of further breaches, by an order for liberty to restore the application for directions at short notice.