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‘Why won’t you listen?’

Individuals going through a traumatic and bitter family breakdown find it difficult to submit to legal decisions, observes Hazel Wright

29 November 2016

Family relationship specialists, be they lawyers, mediators, or family therapists, are increasingly encouraged to listen to the ‘voice of the child’. We know that, particularly in court, it is also important to listen to the voices of the other members of the family, usually the parents, and in this internet age, to consider who else might be tuning in to the distress felt by all involved in hearings about children.

In the case of B (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1008, decided on 13 September 2016 in the Court of Appeal by Lady Justice King, the father appealed against a decision about his contact with his 11-year-old daughter that he disagreed with. As is increasingly the case these days where no legal aid is available, King LJ had a number of difficulties in her work on this case. The mother did not attend the court, and neither mother nor father was legally represented. The father had the assistance of ...

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