Having recently attended at the Family Proceedings Court it appears that it is not enough to make an application for a Defined Contact Order, we now have to specify in our client’s statement what contact we require i.e. weekend, holidays etc. If we do not do this then there is a possibility that the Magistrates may not order on the extra contact. It also now appears that both District Judges and Magistrates are indicating that they will only agree to Review Hearings taking place in certain circumstances.

If the Family Proceedings Court will not allow any Review Hearings to take place it is important to remember to include a recital in any Order that it is agreed with the parties that the arrangements for contact will progress i.e. onto the contact the client wants.

Often when a relationship breaks down and there are children involved issues of child contact agreements and arranging access can create problems. If you are not having regular child contact with your children or concerned that there is a lot of uncertainty as to when contact takes place then we can help you.

We have a team of experts able to help you, whether that involves applying for a Contact Order or a Residence Order we can work with you to reach the best child contact agreements for you and your child.

For further information contact our family team at one of our offices in Boston, Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford, Spalding and Newark or come to our free family clinic and talk to one of our team.

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