V-P v V-P (Access to Child): CA 1978

The court discussed whether more potent encouragement to comply with court orders may be to contemplate changing the child’s living arrangements. Ormrod LJ said: ‘I do not wish to issue threats, but the mother should, I think, realise this: the father has a home with the half brother in it, he is unemployed, he is available to look after both these children full time. The mother is fully occupied, so that the grandmother is playing a very important part in this child’s life . . That being so, it would be a mistake on the part of the mother, in my judgment, to assume that the order for custody in her favour is inevitable; it is not and if the situation goes on as it is at present then it may be necessary to reconsider the question of custody.’


Ormrod LJ


(1978) 1 FLR 336


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedIn Re G (A Minor) (Interim Care Order: Residential Assessment); G (Children), In Re (Residence: Same Sex Partner) HL 26-Jul-2006
The parties had been a lesbian couple each with children. Each now was in a new relationship. One registered the two daughters of the other at a school now local to her but without first consulting the birth mother, who then applied for residence . .
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Updated: 31 July 2022; Ref: scu.244491