What can I do if court ordered contact doesn’t take place?
Failing to make children available for court ordered contact might lead to a finding of contempt of court, but this penalty isn’t likely after only one or two occasions – see our article on this topic here.
Start by asking calmly and politely why the children cannot come this time, and if the other parent uses this as an opportunity to create a fuss or complain about you then just stop the conversation or walk away. It doesn’t help your children if they see their parents arguing. Arguments on the doorstep often result in one person being arrested, usually the person who has obtained the court order.
Keep a careful note of all that happens on these occasions, and seek advice from your lawyer about what can be done.