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Former President calls for action against parents defying 'contact orders'

Lady Butler-Sloss suggests community service as enforcement measure

The former President of the Family Division, Lady Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, has called for family courts to enforce orders for contact between children and their non-resident parent.

In an interview with Families Need Fathers on the impact of the new Children and Families Act, Lady Butler-Sloss has called for a greater emphasis on the obligations of resident parents to follow court orders.

Lady Butler-Sloss said:

"I can see absolutely no reason why she shouldn't do community service. I should like to see her penalised in all sorts of inconvenient ways as long as it doesn't have any impact on her care of the child. So as long as the child is over 5 or goes to a child minder, then there is no reason why she shouldn't be required to go and clean the streets, whatever it may be. I would make her do something really unpleasant so that she understands the consequences of this."

In the interview Lady Buler-Sloss also explained the reasoning behind her amendment of Section 11 of the Children and Families Act.

The interview is here.