Supporting a Mother where Father’s mental health issues affect contact

Marie represented a Mother who had agreed contact through Mediation. When there were difficulties with the Father’s behaviour she obtained a Non Molestation Injunction against him.

Contact was then agreed but there were further issues with the Father’s violent behaviour and she stopped contact. The Father made an application to enforce, but because there had been a further incident of alleged domestic abuse by him, contact was suspended by the court for Cafcass reports to be filed and for there to be a fact-finding hearing and decision on contact following that.

A fact-finding hearing was held and the Mother’s allegations were found proved. An s.7 report was ordered and the case will be further considered at a DRA. Psychiatric evidence was also filed which showed the Father has a serious mental illness.