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Post-abduction contact

by Lee / Posted 18/05/2009 / Updated 22/05/2009

My niece was abducted by her mother to Ireland and eventually was returned and her mother convicted. The Judge was sympathetic to big eyes and tears and mother got off with a conditional discharge. Residence was awarded to my brother though. Contact has been supervised but the mother is very manipulative and has social services on her side - they dont read the case papers and see her as the victim as she sees so little of her daughter. Now they are moving to lift the supervision. There is so much gender bias and the Judge I believe does not want to address the issues. Can he just say no to putting his daughter at risk of further abduction.

By the way the mother admitted emotionally abusing the child at the time of the conviction but now denies all of that. She has a history of making false but horrific allegations against the father.

Advice appreciated - I think that if he were a woman in the same situation with an abusing father hed have a lot more sympathy from the Courts.

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