The mother appealed against an order granting contact to the father. There had been allegations of domestic violence.
Held: The family courts had been subject to much criticism. It was important where there was some evidence of poor practice in the conduct of the case that courts and practitioners should be reminded of the standards for such cases laid down. The court appended to the judgment guidelines for good practice.
Thorpe LJ, Dyson LJ, Wall LJ
 EWCA Civ 1404, Times 28-Dec-2005,  Fam Law 439,  1 FCR 102,  1 FLR 943
England and Wales
Cited – In Re L (A Child) (Contact: Domestic Violence); In Re V (A Child) (Contact: Domestic Violence); In Re M (A Child) (Contact: Domestic Violence); In Re H (A Child) (Contact: Domestic Violence); In re L, V, M and H (Children) CA 21-Jun-2000
When considering contact applications after domestic violence, the approach should be child centred, and according to the criteria in the Act. The circumstances of the violence should be looked into, and the potentially damaging effect of contact . .
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Updated: 04 July 2022; Ref: scu.235217