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Judge orders boy to live with father against his wishes

by McKenzie on November 20, 2009

in England and Wales Family Law,Judgments,McKenzie Friend Comment,McKenzie Friend News

Before you all get too excited about this case as reported in the Daily Telegraph I would ask you to hold off from rushing to include this in your skeleton arguments until you see the actual judgment from the Court of Appeal. Hope I am wrong but this seems to me more akin to an upholding judicial discretion type judgment, rather than something that has wide applicability for cases where the judge has not been so bold as to face down mother.

For every judge like HHJ Bond who early on sees the case as it is rather than what he is being told by mum’s lawyers, and sets about facing down an obdurate mother, there are another 50 judges of all levels who will let mother’s behaviour slide, and cajole rather than coerce.

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