Father Reveals Frustration Regarding 12-Year Battle For Contact With Daughter

Long-Running Family Law Dispute In The Spotlight

10.12.2013

A father embroiled in a family law dispute related to contact with his daughter has revealed in an interview how he has been through a 12-year legal battle in which more than 80 court orders allowing him the right to see her have not been enforced.

The unnamed 61-year-old man, interviewed by the Daily Mail, separated from the mother of his daughter – known as M – in 2001 when the child was 21 months old.

After a long-running legal battle, a family court judge in Sheffield stated that the father should not be allowed the right to see M. However, this was then overturned in September at the Court of Appeal and the father restarted court action to gain access.

In the Court of Appeal judgment, it was revealed there had been 82 court orders for contact issued since 2006. In addition, the father was described as “unimpeachable”, with sitting judge Lord Justice Aikens adding that the family justice system had “failed the whole family”.

The court process for the father to seek contact began again in Leeds last month, but has since been adjourned until February due to a dispute regarding the use of psychological experts.

Speaking after the latest hearing, the father told the Daily Mail: “Parents making applications to establish contact are often left defeated and frustrated by the slowness and lethargy of the court process. Time with your children can never be recaptured – it is lost forever.”