Saturday, May 9, 2009

Swearing Judge

In this earlier post I mentioned Lord Justice Wall's judgement quoting This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin which begins: "They fuck you up, your mum and dad/ They may not mean to, but they do/They fill you with the faults they had/ And add some extra, just for you."

This was the case R (A Child), Re [2009] EWCA Civ 358 in England where court battles over a child's residence began six years ago and psychiatric reports found that his involvement in the parental battle would have a high risk of increasing his "negative and aggressive behaviours", causing a negative self-image and relationship difficulties. An original order that the boy should live with his paternal grandparents was set aside.

In a general warning to all divorced parents, the judge said: "This mother and father are no different from many separated parents who make the damage to their children caused by their separation much worse by continuing their battles against each other in legal proceedings."

Full article Source The Guardian 30 April 2009


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