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Mother jailed for witholding contact and not following orders

Mother jailed for hiding kids from their father for three years despite custody agreement

Interesting that a number of newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald have not covered this story.

This is a timely reminder that those parents who do not follow court orders and continue to run an entrenched regime of alienating a parent can face harsh penalties. This is not the first and last case a parent has been given a custodial sentence. Weirs & Weirs [2012] FMCAfam 247 (7 March 2012) was another case that comes to mind. Both of these cases would be appropriate for mention in summing up in any matters that relate to parental alienation and withholding contacts when otherwise directed. The very real prospect of a custodial sentence only seems to become a reality for some when the perpetrator(s) are finally brought to the end of the court process. The rest of the time is spent in denial.

Executive Secretary - Shared Parenting Council of Australia
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