Non-molestation orders
Non-molestation orders

The following Family practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Non-molestation orders
  • Associated persons
  • Criteria
  • Molestation
  • Exclusion zones
  • The Domestic Abuse Bill
  • History of the Bill

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in England and Wales during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice, which profoundly affects normal practice, including requirements for the majority of family hearings to be dealt with remotely. For details about the changes to court processes and procedures during this time, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID–19)—news and resources for family lawyers. In addition, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit provides easy access to news, practical guidance and Q&As from across a number of Practice Areas (subject to subscription).

With particular regard to injunctions under the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA 1996) Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has issued guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) contingency arrangements for Family Law Act injunctions which is intended to help make sure injunction applications are prioritised and victims of domestic abuse receive protection as soon as possible. See Practice Note: Procedure for an application for a non-molestation order.

Under the Family Law Act 1996 (FLA 1996) a non-molestation order is an order prohibiting a person (the respondent) from molesting another person who is associated with the respondent or a relevant child.

The court can make a non-molestation order:

  1. if an application for the order has been made (whether in other family proceedings or without any other family proceedings being instituted)

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