A senior family court judge said that mothers who don’t let fathers see their children should have the kids taken away.
If the mother defies court orders, Mr. Justice Coleridge said that the children should be handed over to the father.
The top judge called for a ‘three strikes and you’re out rule’ by which kids would be taken away if mothers ignored court orders three times.
He also said that family courts lose their authority as many people ignore their judgments.
The family courts deal with around 5,000 new cases per year in which parents, usually mothers, defy orders to let fathers or the parent have contact.
Judges are reluctant to send mothers to jail due to the damaging effects on their children, so many simply get away with it.
“If I were to call it three strikes and you’re out it sounds insensitive but something like it perhaps should be the norm,” Mr. Justice Coleridge said.
He also said that if necessary, the mother would be sent to jail.
One internet user commented: “Absolutely right! My ex told my children lies and made them hide them every time I called to see them and I didn’t see them for more than a year. When they got older they told me what their mother had done. It stays with you and the children all your life. Three strikes is too many though!”
Another wrote: “I agree. It appals me that so many women do this – they’re as bad as the men who drop their kids and try to avoid paying child support. If a mother is so disinterested in their child’s emotional health, she should not be the primary carer.”
A third said: “I agree – but can we have the same ruling for men who fail to turn up and constantly let their children down when they are due to see them.”
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