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It is important to know:
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:
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.
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.
Michelle Beatty, Senior Lawyer
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