A mother who claimed to be “petrified” of her former partner has lost her appeal against an order forbidding her from taking her child to Cyprus.
The parents of the two year old boy had separated and the mother had won a ‘non-molestation order’ prohibiting him from threatening behaviour, as a number of serious allegations has been made about his behaviour, including drug addiction, domestic violence and giving a ‘noxious substance’ to the child.
However, the woman failed to attend to attend family court hearings , saying she was ‘petrified’ of her former partner. In her absence, the father was also granted a ‘prohibited steps’ order, which prevents parents involved in a custody dispute from taking certain actions in relation to a child.
The mother, who has family in Cyprus, appealed against the order.
Sitting at the Court of Appeal earlier this month, Lord Justices Sullivan and Ryder and Lady Justice Black said the original judge had been right consider the risk of the child’s removal from the country and the order had been proportionate in the circumstances.