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Re F (a child) [2006] EWCA Civ 1426

In making arrangements for an indirect contact order, the President had been fully aware of the paramount necessity of preventing the father from tracing the mother and if either the mother or the guardian had had such strong concerns about those arrangements, they should have raised them with the President at the time.

10 November 2006

The appellant mother (M) appealed against an order of the President of the Family Division granting the respondent father (P) limited and carefully defined indirect contact with their daughter (F). M and P had had a turbulent relationship, during which M was subjected to domestic violence. Neither M nor F had had any contact with P since the breakdown of the relationship. P had disregarded various orders made by the court in the course of care proceedings and insisted on making direct threats of violence towards M in order to arrange contact. The threats only came to an end when P was arrested and remanded in custody on drugs charges. M and F resided in refuges and frequently had to move house to avoid P, who made numerous attempts to trace them. P’s application for direct contact was rejected on the basis that his propensity to violence towards M was such that she would be at significant risk if he were to discover where she lived. P’s parental responsibility order was revoked ...

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