Contact dispute involving allegations of sexual abuse

Dean acted for the mother in an application by the father for contact with the parties’ children. The mother objected to contact taking place on the grounds that she alleged that the father had sexually abused the children.

Dean’s client was intimidated by the domineering father and required reassurance and support. A series of adjournments resulted in the application becoming a lengthy process, and it required all Dean’s powers of gentle persuasion to enable her to follow it to its successful conclusion.

The court found the allegations to be true and refused to allow the father contact with the child.