Restoring a Father’s contact with his baby

Marie represented a Father who had been having contact with his very young baby for five months after he and his partner separated. However, when he started a new relationship the Mother became difficult about contact. The Mother made allegations of abuse and threats at handover, which he denied, and contact stopped. The Mother obtained an ex parte injunction based on those allegations.

The Father made an application for a Child Arrangements Order. Marie represented him at first hearing, at which the Judge ordered contact. Contact will be supervised by a mutual friend, and the case will be reviewed at the first hearing on his application (FHDRA). The Father agreed for the injunction to continue on the basis of no findings and the CAO matter will proceed to further hearings.