Understanding the nature of Intractable Contact Disputes: Empirical evidence from Northern Ireland.

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Intractable contact disputes (ICDs) remain problematic in family proceedings and have been the focus of recent calls from the President of the Family Division in England & Wales for greater research, insight and understanding. Despite this, relatively little research exists which has investigated the nature of such disputes. Building on existing research, this research develops a conceptual model of ICDs and presents the finding from exploratory empirical research into the prognosticators of ICDs in Northern Ireland. In doing so, the research undertakes principal component analysis to understand the key components and issues of these types of disputes and details implications of the findings for family law policy, practice and reform.
Period4 Apr 2023
Event titleSLSA Annual Conference 2023
Event typeConference
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Family Law
  • Intractable contact disputes
  • Delphi
  • Principle Component Analysis
  • Empirical evidence