Dear Judge: life’s perfect with this parent & I don’t want any contact with the other one.

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“Dear Judge: life’s perfect with this parent & I don’t want any contact with the other one.” That’s the essence of what judges can be faced with, having asked for the views of a child when the parents are unable to agree about contact (or residence).

In reality, neither judges nor professionals make much sense of cases like this. Often judges simply decide not to disrupt the status quo. The child’s strident views are not the only factor. Typically the resident parent will defend the child’s right to make his or her own decisions and reports will show a pupil doing well at school. There might appear to be no signs that would give rise to concern for the child.

What’s puzzling in many cases is neither are there concerns about the parent seeking contact.

Yet, “there’s no smoke without fire”, is probably a common, if unspoken assumption. “Feckless parent”…

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