Sometimes one parent will seek to block the relationship between the other parent and the child(ren). This situation arose in the recent case of Q and R (Intractable contact)  EWFC B35 .
The judge was faced with a dilemma: (1) refuse further contact between the children and the father; or (2) order contact between the children and the father. The litigation took 5 years. The children went for 2 years without contact and despite some positive contact during the proceedings both children stated they did not wish not to see their father again. The result? An order for indirect contact only, which the judge described as visiting 'a grave injustice on both the father and the boys'. The experts predicted a risk to the children’s relationship with their mother in future - they may feel she had not acted in their best interests’. The court must always prioritise the welfare of the child, but what about the welfare of that same child in later years/adulthood? Consideration must be given to these issues.