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Father committed for contempt for breach of order to file Form E

A father in proceedings brought by the mother of their two children involving an application for the financial support of the children has been committed for contempt for failure to comply with an order to serve a Form E.

In Ball v Shepstone [2013] EWCC 6 (Fam) the father, Neil Shepstone, failed to appear at the committal hearing. HHJ Everall QC found him guilty of contempt of court by failing to comply with the order and committed him to prison for fourteen days. The order, made on the 3rd October, was suspended until the 14th October to permit Mr Shepstone to serve the Form E in the interim. It is not know n whether he has done so.

The short judgment is here