COURT ORDERS AND CONSENT ORDERS
BREACHING (CONTRAVENING) AN ORDER

When is an Order Breached (Contravened)

 

When is a Court Order or Consent Order breached

 

It is important to know:

  • how to comply with a Court Order;

  • when something you do may breach (contravene) a Court Order;

  • whether it is a breach if your former partner is not following the Court Orders.

In the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, the legal term they use for 'breaching' a Court Order, is to 'contravene' a Court Order.

Breaching a Court Order is the same thing as contravening a Court Order.

The Court will often refer to a breach of a Court Order as a contravention of a Court Order. 

You will breach (contravene) a Court Order (including a Consent Order) if you:

  • Intentionally fail to comply with the Order.
  • Make no reasonable attempt to comply with the Order.
  • Intentionally prevent another person who must comply with the Order, doing so.
  • Aid or abet (assist) a breach (contravention) of the Order by a person who must comply with it.

This means, you can also breach a court order, if you stop another person complying with an Order which applies to them, or if you help someone breach a court order.

 

Breaching Court or Consent Orders - More Information

 

You may also want to read the information in our fact sheet about whether you can have an excuse for breaching a Court Order.

Courts can enforce compliance with Orders. We have a separate fact sheet explaining what happens if you breach a Court Order.

See also our fact sheet as to how you prove a breach of a Court Order.

If you want to have the Court take action about a breach of a Court Order, you can read how to do that in our fact sheet How do I make a Contravention Application.

 

 

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