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Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
|Re J and K (Children: Private Law)|
The mother was represented by Miss Francesca Wiley pro bono
Mr Edward Kirkwood represented the Children's Guardian, Roger Bruton
Hearing dates: 10th to 12th February 2014
Crown Copyright ©
Mrs Justice Pauffley:
Introduction and recent history
• A complaint that they "still don't have a choice to make (their) own decisions;
• An assertion that Cafcass does not listen to them;
• A wish to have shorter time with their Dad; and not "half and half;"
• A description of his throat feeling as if it was "being squeezed really hard" and he felt sick when he heard about the proposals for shared residence;
• He said he feels "safe and relaxed" when with his mother because it feels like a "better environment."
• J's letter conveyed a similarly negative message about past and future contact.
• He does not "feel positive" about the weekend visits with "him" because he is not made to "feel safe;"
• Previous visits at his father's sister's house "didn't go very well;"
• They, the boys, had been asked the "same questions every two weeks," they had refused to stay over but "again they were still asked the same annoying questions;"
• He would like to stay with his Mum and Dad (that is his step father) at home "with no more stress."
Seeing the boys
Why did the problems arise?
The parents' representation