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PKWA Law Family Law Head Lim Chong Boon was quoted in the Straits Times article titled " Family Justice Courts is studying ways to get parents to comply with access orders to children”.

18 March 2019 - Family Law Head Lim Chong Boon was quoted in the Straits Times article titled " Family Justice Courts is studying ways to get parents to comply with access orders to children”.

Family Law Head Lim Chong Boon was quoted in the Straits Times article titled " Family Justice Courts is studying ways to get parents to comply with access orders to children”.

Below is an excerpt from the article which features comments from Lim Chong Boon:

“The Family Justice Courts (FJC) is studying ways to get parents to comply with access orders, from getting recalcitrant parents to compensate the other parent for their failure to provide access to their child, to making them do community service.

Currently, lawyers say, parents who have been denied access can ask the court to vary the terms of the access given or take out a committal proceeding, which seeks to punish a person for not complying with a court order.

A person can be fined up to $20,000 or jailed for up to one year, or both, for contempt of court for breaching a court order.

However, lawyers say the FJC rarely imposes a jail term in such situations.

Lawyer Lim Chong Boon said: "The courts recognise that in these cases, using the heavy hand of the law (by threatening jail) may not fix the underlying mistrust or a complicated family situation."

Full article can be found here.

 

Source: The Straits Times

Author: Theresa Tan

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