Shared Parenting Information Group (SPIG) UK

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Enforcement of contact orders

The UK has long held that contact orders are not enforceable, but since the first jailing of a mother in 1988 for obstructing contact there has been a slow and steady change of opinion. Sanctions are actually embodied in Australian and US law, and Canada is moving towards an enforcement policy.
- see law reform in Australia and Canada

Note: Obstruction of contact is frequently associated with Parental Alienation.

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David Cannon

Last updated - 2 September 2002

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