At Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP, our team of specialist family solicitors have extensive experience assisting clients’ with making non-molestation orders and occupation orders.

Our Solicitor based in Hammersmith, Thanuja Oppilamany, has explained the difference between non-molestation and occupation order.

Non-Molestation Orders

A non-molestation order is used to stop someone from using or threatening violence against another person, using or threatening violence to a child and/or molesting a person in any way.

Molestation can be direct and includes a range of behaviour including physical and verbal. This kind of behaviour can be direct or indirect and can be done through third party as well.

A non-molestation order can also be used to keep a person away from a particular place such as the area around a home or a workplace.

Breaching a non-molestation order can be a criminal offence punishable with up to five years imprisonment or as a contempt of court.

Occupation orders

An occupation order grants you the right to occupy a dwelling-house. The court can decide who should or should not reside in all or part of the home. Occupation orders can also exclude the other person from an area around the home.

The order does not simply exclude a person but can look into the practicality such as payment of rent or mortgage on the property.

An occupation order can only be applied for providing that you are associated with the respondent and you satisfy the criteria.

Our family lawyers at Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP have decades of collective experience assisting people across Hammersmith and West London by taking a pragmatic and realistic view of each of their client’s matters.

Amongst our highly skilled family team we have Primrose Hudson, a Family Consultant Solicitor with over 30 years in Family Law, including experience in divorce and finance. Primrose Hudson works closely with Thanuja Oppilamany.

For further advice and information, get in touch with our divorce solicitors in Hammersmith, London on 02087359770 or fill in our simple contact form.


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