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9(1) This paragraph applies where a court has made an enforcement order (“ the first order ”) in respect of a person's failure to comply with a [F2 provision of a child arrangements] order. E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the court is satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the person has failed to comply with the unpaid work requirement imposed by the first order, the court may—

(a)amend the first order so as to make the requirement more onerous, or

(b) make an enforcement order (“the second order”) in relation to the person and (if the first order is still in force) provide for the second order to have effect either in addition to or in substitution for the first order.

(3)But the court may not exercise its powers under sub-paragraph (2) if it is satisfied that the person had a reasonable excuse for failing to comply with the unpaid work requirement imposed by the first order.

(4)The burden of proof as to the matter mentioned in sub-paragraph (3) lies on the person claiming to have had a reasonable excuse, and the standard of proof is the balance of probabilities.

(5)The court may exercise its powers under sub-paragraph (2) in relation to the first order only on the application of a person who would be able to apply under section 11J for an enforcement order if the failure to comply with the first order were a failure to comply with [F3a provision of the child arrangements] order to which the first order relates.

(6)Where the person proposing to apply to the court is the child with respect to whom the [F4child arrangements] order was made, subsections (6) and (7) of section 11J have effect in relation to the application as they have effect in relation to an application for an enforcement order.

(7)An application to the court to exercise its powers under sub-paragraph (2) may only be made while the first order is in force.

(8)The court may not exercise its powers under sub-paragraph (2) in respect of a failure by the person to comply with the unpaid work requirement imposed by the first order unless it is satisfied that before the failure occurred the person had been given (in accordance with rules of court) a copy of, or otherwise informed of the terms of, a notice under section 11N relating to the first order.

(9)In dealing with the person under sub-paragraph (2)(a), the court may—

(a)increase the number of hours specified in the first order (but not above the maximum specified in section 199(2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, as substituted by paragraph 3);

(b)in relation to the order, extend the period of twelve months specified in section 200(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (as substituted by paragraph 3).

(10)In exercising its powers under sub-paragraph (2), the court must be satisfied that, taking into account the extent to which the person has complied with the unpaid work requirement imposed by the first order, the effect on the person of the proposed exercise of those powers—

(a)is no more than is required to secure his compliance with the [F5child arrangements] order or any child arrangements order that has effect in its place, and

(b)is no more than is proportionate to the seriousness of his failures to comply with the [F6provisions of the child arrangements order and with] the first order.

(11)Where the court exercises its powers under sub-paragraph (2) by making an enforcement order in relation to a person who has failed to comply with another enforcement order—

(a)sections 11K(4), 11L(2) to (7), 11M and 11N have effect as regards the making of the order in relation to the person as they have effect as regards the making of an enforcement order in relation to a person who has failed to comply with a [F7provision of a child arrangements]order;

(b)this Part of this Schedule has effect in relation to the order so made as if it were an enforcement order made in respect of the failure for which the other order was made.

(12)Sub-paragraph (2) is without prejudice to section 63(3) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 as it applies in relation to enforcement orders.]

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F2 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(1) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(2) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

F3 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(5) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(4) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

F4 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(6) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(3) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

F5 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(10)(a) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(3) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

F6 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(10)(b) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(5) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

F7 Words in Sch. A1 para. 9(11)(a) substituted (22.4.2014) by Children and Families Act 2014 (c. 6) , s. 139(6) , Sch. 2 para. 39(2) ; S.I. 2014/889 , art. 4(f) (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2014/1042 , arts. 3, 4, 6-10)

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