Joan Hunt and Alison Macleod
Oxford Centre for Family Law and Policy Department of Social Policy and Social Work University of Oxford
Family Law and Justice Division September 2008
Chapter 1: Introduction
This report was commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (formerly the Department for Constitutional Affairs) in 2006, to examine the outcomes of applications to court for contact orders after parental separation or divorce. The principal element in the study was an analysis of court files on cases where an application for a contact order was made under Section 8 of the Children Act 1989. This data was supplemented by an examination of transcripts on a sub-sample of court hearings and interviews with judges, magistrates, lawyers and officers of the Children and Family Courts Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).
Outcomes of applications to court for contact orders after parental separation or divorce