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Research paper explores family courts’ response to applications for enforcement of contact orders

Implacably hostile mothers constitute a small minority of enforcement cases

The Nuffield Foundation has published a briefing paper which summarises findings from research into how and why the family courts respond to applications for enforcement of a contact order following alleged non-compliance.

The briefing– Enforcing contact orders: are the family courts getting it right? – is written by Professor Liz Trinder of Exeter University. Research was carried out by Liz Trinder, Alison Macleoad, Julia Pearce and Hilary Wood of Exeter University, with consultancy from Joan Hunt of Oxford University.

A full report will be published in September 2013.

The key findings are:

The briefing is accessible here.