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Ordering mothers to hand over the care of  young children to fathers -  when does this happen and why?

Date:10 JUN 2015
Newspapers and social media are currently reporting the decision of a Birmingham court to order a mother to hand over her child to his father.

Ethan has lived with his mother Rebecca Minnock since the separation of his parents in February 2013 when he had just had his first birthday. The first court order was made in August 2013 that his father Roger Williams should have contact with Ethan. It is reported that he has had great difficulty in arranging contact with Ethan. By January 2014 the mother was making allegations against the father and in February 2015 a different judge ruled that the allegations were untrue aimed at disrupting contact. Ethan began to spent 4 nights a week with Mr Williams and 3 with Ms Minnock.

It became clear that the next hearing was likely to result in an order for him to move more fully to his father's home. But before that could happen Ms Minnock took Ethan and left home with him without revealing their plans.

In May 2015 (more than 2 years after the separation) the family court judge did reach the sensitive...

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