Call us: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm
Call local rate 0330 056 3171
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm | Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm
Call local rate 0330 056 3171
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 7pm | Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

High Court dismisses contact application in domestic violence case

Family Division of the High Court has dismissed a father’s application for contact in a case involving domestic violence.

AB v BB and C, D, E and F concerned a former couple with four children aged between two and six. They had had a “volatile” relationship and the father had been convicted of domestic violence. The father applied for direct or indirect contact and an additional assessment of the risk he might pose if the court felt it did not have sufficient information. The mother opposed his application, with help from Cafcass, and also applied for permission to change the children’s surnames.

Mrs Justice Theis ruled that the welfare of the children must be the paramount consideration and they needed the security and stability provided by their mother. The evidence suggested that the mother’s fears of further violence were genuine and the father’s attitude betrayed a failure to grasp the impact of his behaviour on his wife and children.

There judge also ruled against an an additional risk assessment as the father had shown little evidence of change and the court had take into account the mother’s fear of her former partner, and the impact of her emotional state on her children.

Mrs Justice Theis granted permission for the mother to change her children’s names. Safety was  a critical issue and the father had expressed a desire to discover where his former family lived.


The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers based across our family law offices who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. As well as pieces from our family law solicitors, guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Contact us

As the UK's largest family law firm we understand that every case is personal.


  1. Paul says:

    And what offer of help from any state agency did the father receive to help him with his violence problems? None, I’d wager. Compare that with the undoubted help ‘mum’ would get from all and sundry. Now, a child of two and his siblings will grow up not knowing their father at all. As Tommy Cooper would say, just like that.

  2. Anonymouse says:

    There are many programs for me who perpetrate violence against their partners.

Leave a comment

Help & advice categories


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up for advice on divorce and relationships from our lawyers, divorce coaches and relationship experts.

What type of information are you looking for?

Privacy Policy