Refuting allegations of abuse by a father

Ronald represented a father in private law proceedings where the father was accused of physical and sexual abuse.

The court clearly had to deal with the serious allegations first and a fact-finding hearing was conducted. The allegations were made by the young child, and were not confirmed when the child was interviewed by the police and social worker. No findings were made at the fact-finding hearing and the judge implied that the child had been influenced to make the allegations by the mother.

The child was later seen by a psychologist who concluded that the child was in fear of the father and there should be no contact for the foreseeable future.

Ronald’s detailed cross-examination of the psychologist highlighted the fact that the allegations were not repeated to any professional, including the expert, that no findings were made and that there must be a realistic possibility that the mother had put the child up to it.

During cross-examination the psychologist agreed with this position. However the fact remained that the child did not want to see the father and the court reluctantly ordered that the father should not see the child.