Our website is set to allow the use of cookies. For more information and to change settings click here. If you are happy with cookies please click "Continue" or simply continue browsing. Continue.

Family Law

The leading authority on all aspects of family law

11 APR 2005

CONTEMPT: Re M (Contact Order) [2005] EWCA Civ 615

(11 April 2005; Ward and Clarke LJJ; [2005] The Times 18 April, Court of Appeal) [2005] 2 FLR 1006

A suspended prison sentence could be imposed for contempt only if immediate imprisonment would have been appropriate. The court would not impose a custodial sentence merely because the contemnor would be unable to pay a fine. In the instant case, in which the contempt consisted of the father being 10 minutes late in returning the child to the mother, the sentence had been inappropriate and wrong in principle; the judge should not have asked the mother to give her views, or have discussed the possibility of imposing a prison sentence on the father. See also Re M (Contact Order) [2005] EWCA 615.

Cohabitation

Cohabitation

Law, Practice and Precedents

This work provides commentary, checklists, procedural guides and precedents on the subject in a...

Financial Remedies Handbook

Financial Remedies Handbook

Formerly entitled the Ancillary Relief Handbook this is the first resort for thousands of...

Available in Family Law Online
Subscribe to our newsletters