As all family lawyers will be well aware, the new powers in relation to contact orders under the Children & Adoption Act 2006 come into force today. Frances Gibb in an article in The Times today suggests that the powers may actually 'worsen parent wars'. She says that: "Family judges have told The Times that the measures, although welcome in principle, could damage tense family relations, rebound on fathers as well as mothers and fetter judges’ discretion." As to the last point, she says that one judge has pointed out that the wording of the powers appeared to indicate that breach of a warning notice would require courts to impose penalties, with no discretion.
On the other hand, the new powers have been welcomed by others, in particular fathers' rights groups, albeit with reservations.
So, will the new powers make things better, or worse? As usual, only time will tell.
[Thanks to Current Awareness for the link to this article.]