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Clare, Family Solicitor
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Father made access application mother alleges systematic abuse

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Father made access application mother alleges systematic abuse to her and children , court ordered children 10 & 7 be added as respondant s to case and appointed CAFCAS case officer to act as legal guardian child solicitor has also been appointed and made lead solicitor court ordered a physiological assessment be carried out on the children. Children do not want to be assessed ( CAFCAS report to court indicated children well balanced and happy with their domestic situation ) stating they do not want to see or be reconciled with abusive father and see the process of psychological counciling process is to help the abusive father ( he has consented to be assessed and undergo subsequent treatment ) gain access to them. What rights do the children have to object and is it normal to seek to reconcile abusive parents with their children against their will ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Clare replied 3 years ago.
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I have to be blunt - so please do not take offence but if you express these views in this way elsewhere then it could harm the children's interests massively
These children are 10 and 7 and the phrases that you have used are not those of children of that age - they are the words of adults.
The children are just that - children - and i am afraid that they have limited choices as to what happens to them.
They have to go to school; the dentist and in this case have a psychological assessment - and the very fact that they expressed these views means that a Psychological Assessment will be seen as being essential.
So no I am afraid that they have no right to object and this is not an unusual way forward to allow the court to decide what abuse they have suffered and by whom.
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