Marie represented a Mother in a case where there had been a fact finding hearing at which she was unrepresented, at which none of the findings in relation to domestic abuse she sought against her ex-partner were found proved.
The children had not seen their Father for some time, as the Mother’s position was that contact should be initially supervised and built up gradually. The Father did not agree with this, so contact did not take place.
A s.7 report was completed on the basis of the findings of the Court and supervised contact was recommended to take place at a Contact Centre and then to be reviewed by the Court. There were concerns that the Mother is alienating the children from the Father.
At the DRA hearing, at which Marie represented the Mother, the Court and the Parties agreed the recommendations and the Court also appointed a Rule 16.4.Guardian to act on behalf of the children. The case was to be reviewed after the sessions of supervised contact.
At the review, the recommendation was that further sessions of contact should be built up, then a final analysis from the Guardian and a final hearing.