On the 19th October 2016 at the Family Court in Birmingham His Honourable Judge Rowland made a committal order for 3 months’ imprisonment suspended for 14 days.
The background of the case was that Marcia Jacqueline Parkinson (wife) had made a financial application against her former spouse Vincent Vickers Daley (husband) with the first hearing being in May 2016.
Mr. Daley failed to comply with three orders to complete Form E, which is financial disclosure and failed to attend any hearings to give reasons why.
On the 19th October 2016, the matter returned to the court and an application for committal was made before His Honourable Judge Rowland.
The court considered its powers under Family Court (contempt of Court) (Powers) Regulations 2014 which indicate that the power of the court is a maximum of two years’ imprisonment.
The determination of the court was that Mr. Daley was to be committed to prison for his contempt of court for a period of three months’ imprisonment but that the order will be suspended for 14 days. If Mr. Daley complied with the order, then the sentence of imprisonment will not be brought in to effect. If he however fails to do so, then the court will issue a warrant.
This recent case, shows the importance of complying with court orders in the Family Court
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