Who watches the watchers?
It’s high time that GAL’s and their lawyers are subjected to stricter scrutiny – across the board – for all too often they substitute the voice of the child(ren) with their own and cheerlead splitting families apart when with a little therapeutic intervention risks could be safely managed and child(ren) safely parented at home. Such bad practice must be weeded out.
Re F v H and Another 2017
This was a knotty and horrendous private law case in which parents separated and mother made a series of grave and utterly unfounded allegations that the father had sexually abused the child. She persuaded a series of doctors to undertake intimate examinations of the child and later left the country with the child when the Court hearings were going against her. The Family Court then placed the child with the father and directed that there should be a psychiatric evaluation of the mother to see if there was any prospect of contact taking place.
The judge said that “the court cannot envisage a situation whereby it could be considering looking at direct contact again other than where she has received extensive psychological therapeutic help.” The decision of the judge in respect of the need for the 1st Respondent to receive treatment prior…
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