This is a really sad case. The end result being the Judge decided that restarting contact between a father and son would not work, for many reasons.

Lord Justice McFarlane, when giving his judgment, restated the approach in Re W (Direct Contact), a 2012 case that should be taken in implacable hostility cases.

At one stage, early on in the proceedings, the father withdrew his application because of the impact it was having on the mother, who was extremely stressed. He later described this as the most ill-advised decision of his life.

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