Private Law Children: Persuading Court to Unsupervised Contact

In a private children family law case, John acted for the respondent mother in a dispute resolution appointment in the Dartford Family Court, instructed by solicitors in Medway.

The applicant father sought child arrangements orders stopping the mother from having access/ contact with the children due to her history of mental health difficulties.

Although there were some challenges with the mother’s case, I was able to show the court that the father had been unilaterally making decisions which went against the mother’s parental responsibility and were not in the children’s interests. I persuaded the court that in order to assess the mother’s ability to care for the children, it would be necessary to allow her to have contact alone with them, to see how she coped.