Recent case decision in child contact law - parents should promote
In Re H-B (Contact)  EWCA Civ 389 an appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal in relation to a father applying for direct contact with his 2 daughters, which had been stopped following an allegation that the father’s new partner had grabbed one of the children and caused a superficial injury. Both parents were criticised by the court for their behaviour.
The President of the family division Sir James Munby said; “There are many things which they ought to do that children may not want to do or even refuse to do: going to the dentist, going to visit some ‘boring’ elderly relative, going to school, doing homework or sitting an examination, the list is endless. The parent’s job, exercising all their parental skills, techniques and stratagems – which may include use of both the carrot and the stick and, in the case of the older child, reason and argument –, is to get the child to do what it does not want to do. That the child’s refusal cannot as such be a justification for parental failure is clear: after all, children whose education or health is prejudiced by parental shortcomings may be taken away from their parents and put into public care.”
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