It’s not always safe to send a warning letter. You should not send one if:
- it might put you or your family in danger
If you’re dealing with someone dangerous, you should contact the police or go straight to the courts and make an urgent application for a court order that stops their abusive behaviour. The person won’t be told about your application until the court gives you the protection you need.
- there’s a risk of child abduction
If there’s a chance the warning letter will make it more likely the other parent will take your child abroad without your permission, you should ask the court for a prohibited steps order instead. The other parent won’t be told about it until it’s in place.
- you don’t have a reliable home or email address for them
You have to be sure they receive the letter or it won’t be effective.
There could be other situations that wouldn’t be suitable for a warning letter, particularly if it only encourages the person to act in a way that’s harmful to you.
If you’re in any doubt about whether to send a warning letter, seek legal advice.