There is a presumption under the Children Act 1989 that a child will have contact with a parent with whom they no longer live. Contact to a parent is the child’s right. Contact may be restricted in some circumstances if it is not safe or a child may be at risk. Generally children’s relationships with their parents should be promoted as it is in their best interests. If for example advice has been given by Social Services, that the children may be at risk from contact, then legal advice should be sought. If necessary, an application can be made to the Court for contact to be reinstated and the Court will need to consider all the circumstances but can take a dim view if contact is being withheld maliciously.