Mother seeks son’s return from ‘drug dealer’ family

Family Law|April 28th 2017

A young mother is seeking her son’s return to her from a family with multiple drug trafficking convictions.

The Surrey woman was just 17 years old when she gave birth. At the time, she agreed that relatives of the boy’s father should be his guardians. However since then, the father and two other members of his family have been sent to prison for drug offences.

Now 23, the mother wants to remove her six year-old son from her former boyfriend’s family and look after him herself.

This week, Mr Justice Jackson ruled that a fresh investigation into the boy’s living situation must be conducted. He said “hard questions” needed to be asked in order to find out whether the child was being harmed as a result of living with this family.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the latest hearing, the mother said her son was “living with drug dealers. That just can’t be right”. She had originally agreed to have her ex-boyfriend’s family look after the child as she was just 16 when she fell pregnant.  However she insisted she had “grown up since then”, adding:

“I can look after him now and I want him back.”

The mother has represented herself at every stage of her legal bid, which she initially launched in 2013. She cannot afford to instruct a lawyer nor is she eligible for legal aid.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

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  1. Andrew says:

    You’ve got to feel sorry for this boy either way, haven’t you?

  2. Helen says:

    If the child is at risk of harm, the LA have a duty to investigate, which might mean the private becomes public law?

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