chapter  8
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Civil Partnership

This chapter looks at one of the most significant problems in child law, if not perhaps the most significant: how to enforce contact orders made under the Children act (CA) 1989, whether as the former individual order, or the contact element of Child Arrangements Order (CAO), and draws together some possible solutions. In the absence of affidavits, with both the constraints on evidence to be given at section 8 hearings and the increasing specialism in child work by practitioners, drafting of the witness statements, particularly those of the parties, became skilled work. The most recent formal initiative is the provision of contact enforcement orders in the Children and Adoption Act 2006, which has inserted new sections into the CA 1989 after s 11 of that Act. Judicial emphasis on the importance of contact for the child continues to be mentioned at the highest levels.