Fact Finding – Acting for a mother

Marie acted for a mother in an application for a Child Arrangements Order by the father for contact with the child. A non-molestation injunction had been granted in separate proceedings, due to allegations of the father’s violence.

The father had subsequently breached the order on numerous occasions, which had been dealt with in the criminal courts. However, the court dealing with the Child Arrangements Order needed to decide if the original allegations of violence, threats to kill, intimidation and harassment were found proved, in order to make an appropriate order for contact in all the circumstances, taking into account any risks to the child and the mother.

Marie successfully represented the mother, and after a two-day fact-finding hearing, the allegations were found proved. These findings protect the mother in that any Child Arrangements Order made in the future will be based on those findings.