Tragic all round because this sends the completely wrong signal out to obdurate lone parents. Any short-term disruption to the child’s welfare would be outweighed by the certainty of a properly rooted upbringing, balanced between paternal family care alongside maternal. It’s common sense really. The ‘state’ through all its emanations really can and should do much better.
The Court of Appeal dealt with an intractable contact case in Re Q a child 2015
In this case, which involved a boy aged 8, and private law contact proceedings that have now been going on since May 2008, some seven years and almost his entire life. The boy lives with his mother and the father had not been able to have meaningful contact since the parents separated in February 2008.
The trial judge, His Honour Judge Brasse, reached the following conclusions
In his judgment, Judge Brasse set out that:
- “the conclusion that the court has come to on the basis of having heard and read a huge amount of evidence over those years is this:
- the father is well disposed towards his son and has never done him any deliberate harm;
- the allegations against the father are manifestly false;
- the recent allegations made by the child against the…
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