Separated couple allowed to adopt
A specialist family lawyer said later that she had not heard of such a case before.
"The notion of a child being adopted into a potentially acrimonious situation does not sit well with most of us," solicitor Katie Kilburn, who works at law firm Stowe Family Law and specialises in care cases, said.
"However, when you look at the facts provided, I can see where the Judge is coming from.
"A child at the age of three if not adopted at this stage is less likely to be adopted in the future.
"Statistics show that once children pass a certain age they are far less likely to be adopted than a younger child of less than two.
"This is usually because prospective adopters are more keen on younger children.