Judge apologises to loving father who is prevented from seeing his children who are ‘alienated’ from him
‘There have been consistent recommendations throughout the eight-year history of these proceedings from a wide spectrum of professionals that contact should take place between the father and the children.
‘All professionals involved in this case have concluded that the mother has alienated the children from the father.’
Judge Wildblood said the children would have nothing to do with their father or his family.
They would not acknowledge cards or presents, expressed ‘unjustified and illogical’ complaints about his letters, and had ‘false memories’ of how he had behaved towards them.
The judge said it was ‘beyond doubt’ that the children would suffer ‘significant and long-term emotional harm’.
He added: ‘I am afraid that the cause of that harm lies squarely with this mother.
‘Whatever may be her difficulties, she is an adult and a parent with parental responsibility for her children.
‘That parental responsibility, which she shares with the father, requires her to act in the best interests of her children.
‘It also required her to promote the relationship between these children and their father. She has failed to do so.’
Judge Wildblood ended his ruling with a message to the man, saying: ‘This has been a long, heart-breaking and expensive set of events for you to endure. I am truly sorry.’