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Child Contact


Family and social welfare

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31 October 2006

Law Society Publishing


234 x 156 mm
272 pages

Child Contact
Law and Practice

Miranda Fisher and Sarah Whitten with Noel Arnold


The Children and Adoption Act 2006 was introduced to help deal with the number and complexity of cases brought to resolve contact issues in recent years. This essential book provides an invaluable guide to law and practice for family and children lawyers. Fully up-to-date, it offers an overview of the Act's provisions, including:

  • powers for family courts to undertake contact activities
  • the power to impose enforcement orders and award financial compensation from one party to another
  • the power of the court to appoint a CAFCASS officer to monitor compliance and report to the court in difficult cases.

In addition, the book deals with the relevant aspects of human rights legislation and case law. It covers shared residence and its interaction with contact, parental rights and responsibilities for non-biological and same-sex parents, the Private Law Programme and immigration issues and international contact.


1. The Children and Adoption Act 2006;
2. The current law;
3. Jurisdiction;
4. Who can apply for contact?;
5. Shared residence;
6. Domestic abuse;
7. Enforcement: current remedies;
8. Procedure;
9. Expert evidence;
10. CAFCASS and welfare reports;
11. Separate representation of children in private law proceedings;
12. Human rights and children's rights;
13. Child contact and public authorities;
14. Professional conduct in children cases;
15. Public funding; Appendices.

About the Authors

Miranda Fisher is an assistant solicitor at Charles Russell with particular experience in complex private law children matters. She is a member of Resolution.

Sarah Whitten is an associate at Charles Russell who specialises in matrimonial and children related proceedings. She is a member of Resolution.

Noel Arnold is a solicitor in the Children's Team at Fisher Meredith Solicitors, specialising in both private law and public law Children Act cases. Noel is also a contributor to the Resolution Family Law Handbook (Law Society, 2007)