A young boy has been placed with his father after a Judge learnt how he was picking up on his mother’s “hateful feelings” towards her ex-partner.
According to the ruling, the eight-year-old – who is currently in the care of Essex County Council – would be exposed to “significant emotional harm” should he live with his mother.
The judgment means the boy, who cannot be named for privacy reasons, is now likely to be moved out of care and placed with his father, only seeing his mother on a scheduled basis.
The court heard the account of a psychologist who observed the mother, who told the Judge how the mother “persistently portrayed” his father negatively and how the young boy would pick up on these “hateful feelings”.
Commenting on the proceedings at a private hearing in Norwich Family Court, Mr Justice Williams said the boy “would enjoy a positive relationship with both parents if he lived with his father but continued to see his mother”.
The ruling comes shortly after it was revealed that the number of separated families in Britain reached 2.5 million in 2018.
The statistics, published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), also show that 48 per cent of separated families had a child maintenance arrangement in place, while one in five (20 per cent) had a statutory arrangement (arranged by the courts), compared to 31 per cent with a non-statutory arrangement (arranged voluntarily).