One Mom’s Emotions Almost Canceled Out Father’s Rights
In England, a family judge found that a mother would be unable to cope with the father seeing their two daughters, ages nine and six after she broke down in court and said the thought of it made her feel exhausted. A psychologist supported her view but the court appointed child advocate disagreed. The judge banned the father from having any direct contact with his children, except for cards, letters and gifts once a month.
The father’s lawyers appealed the judge’s decision, saying it had been based on a momentary display of emotion from the mother in the witness box.
Father’s Rights and the Best Interest of the Child
The Court overturned the family judge’s order, acknowledging that it was “a very big ask” for the mother to accept that her children’s best interests lay in having two parents, not just one. “Where, however, it is plainly in the best interests of a child to spend time with the other parent then, tough or not, part of the responsibility of the parent with care must be the duty and responsibility to deliver what the child needs, hard though that may be.”
The court urged all separated parents to see the bigger picture and consider the harm that legal disputes cause children. It said mothers and fathers had a responsibility and a duty to help children maintain contact with the other parent. Mothers rights and fathers rights are equally important.