Children and Contact
In the case of Regina (a child: tractable Contact) a father sought more Contact with his daughter.
An Order was made in 2006 which provided for the father to have direct Contact with his daughter three times a year together with indirect Contact. He was found to be bullying, aggressive and controlling during the lengthy proceedings, for which he was criticised. The father was prevented pursuant to Section 91 (14) of the Children Act 1989 from making further Applications for Orders under Section 8 of the Act without permission of the Court until 30 April 2000.
In June 2012 the father sought the mother’s agreement to extend Contact. That was refused, which resulted in the father issuing an Application with the Court to extend Contact to two Saturdays a month for 2 months, to be followed by additional Contact during school holidays, to include staying Contact.
The child wished to see her father six times a year but opposed staying Contact. The Court held that at aged 13, significant weight should be placed on the child’s expressed wishes and feelings and the Court ordered an extension of Contact upon the terms sought by the child rather than the extensive Contact sought by the father.