The family court can make orders – also called injunctions – that control how parents have contact with their children.
The court can decide who the child lives with, how and when the child sees the other parent, and who makes important decisions about the child's upbringing.
Unlike informal arrangements, court orders are legally binding and enforceable. If someone breaks a court order, they can be fined or even jailed.
If you need protection from domestic abuse, there are other court orders that can help you better. Please see Get legal protection from domestic abuse for more information about them.
It’s best to get legal advice or a solicitor before applying for a court order. You may be able to get legal aid too.