Family Lore Clinic: What is the penalty for breach of a no-contact order?

A 'no-contact order' is an order that that party, usually a parent, shall have no contact with the child or children. As the law takes the view that all children should if possible have a relationship with both parents, no-contact orders are quite rare, and only made in exceptional circumstances.

If the person who is subject to the order should attempt to have contact with the child then they will be in contempt of court for breaching the order. A person found in contempt can be fined or imprisoned.

The amount of the fine or the length of the period of imprisonment that is imposed will depend upon the court and the seriousness of the breach of the court order. The court can also impose a suspended term of imprisonment.

Obviously, breach of any court order is a serious matter. If you believe that a no-contact order may have been breached, or if you require any further advice upon the subject, then you should consult a specialist family lawyer.