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Penalties for ignoring access orders

Filed under: Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 9:19 am Mon 2nd August 2004

Parents who repeatedly use their children as pawns in custody battles may be asked to pay a “good behaviour” bond to try to ensure they respect access orders.

The court-ordered payments, which could reach thousands of dollars, will be cash or bonds listed against assets, such as a house or car.

The decision to change the law to allow bonds to be used more widely follows increasing concerns that Family Court access orders are too often ignored or manipulated.

The provisions are included in the Care of Children Bill, which rewrites the Guardianship Act and should become law within a few months.


  1. It has cost me more than $5000 because my ex wife was stopping from seeing the children one night a fortnight so I would be under the shared care threshold with IRD. She said the kids didnt want to come but it was a load of crap

    Comment by adam davidson — Sun 22nd August 2004 @ 4:02 pm

  2. The law may have been changed, but has anyone ever heard of it being applied against a mother?
    The following two articles quite well illustrate the attitudes of some mothers. They are clearly set out and may help fathers understand the types of attitudes that they may be up against.
    As well as reading the articles, the comments are perhaps more worth reading than the articles.

    Comment by MurrayBacon — Sat 7th December 2019 @ 9:34 am

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