Thursday 23 November 2017

Teen wins fight to live with dad

A 13-year-old son of divorced parents who refused to return to his mother in England following a holiday with his father in Ireland may remain here, the High Court has ruled.

The boy's mother had brought proceedings under the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, claiming he would have better schooling and a better life in the UK.

The boy had initially lived with his father in Ireland for seven years but returned to his mother in 2010. However, after a holiday in Ireland with his father in July 2011, he said he wished to remain here.

Mr Justice Michael Peart ruled in favour of the "sufficiently mature" boy, after balancing his "genuinely held" objections to return to the UK against the aims and objectives of the Convention.

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