This is, in my view, a case that shows completely the role of the court, when involved, in putting the interests of the child in any dispute relating to residence or contact at the forefront. Even though there was a father willing and able to care for the child in what can only be described as tragic circumstances, overall the court felt that it was not in the child's best interests to live with him. Quite heartening I feel.
Child Arrangements Order provided that the child, whose mother had died, was to live with the mother's friends and not the father. The father was also ordered to pay £10,000 as a contribution to the other party's costs.