Simpler way to take parent denying child access to task

Planned court measures to make it easier for parties to seek help

Access orders give the parent who does not live with the child time spent together after the divorce or separation.
Access orders give the parent who does not live with the child time spent together after the divorce or separation.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Family Justice Courts (FJC) is planning to introduce a simpler way for a person to take a former spouse to court for failing to allow access to the children after the breakdown of the marriage despite being ordered to do so.

Currently, the enforcement of access orders comes in the form of committal proceedings "which can be lengthy and onerous, with strict procedural steps that have to be complied with", an FJC spokesman told The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2020, with the headline 'Simpler way to take parent denying child access to task'. Subscribe