J v M

Parent and child – Contact. Court of Session: Refusing a father's appeal against a sheriff principal's decision upholding a sheriff's decision to refuse the father an order for contact with his five-year-old daughter, the court held that there was no separate test of necessity to be applied before refusing an order for parental contact, the sheriff was not wrong to refuse contact in the absence of a finding in fact that the pursuer sexually abused his daughter, he had not attached too much weight to the deteriorating relationship between the parties and the impact of that on the child, nor had he failed to take account of the benefit to the child in having contact with both parents, and there was no good reason to interfere with his decision.

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