Re CD (Notice of care proceedings to father without parental responsibility)

Child – Care. The Family Court granted an application by the local authority for the father of a child, who was the subject of care proceedings, not to be provided with a copy of the notice to non-parties form. The relationship between the father and the child lacked the elements necessary to support a finding that de facto family ties had been created such as to entitle him to respect for family life, pursuant to art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (art 8). Further, evidence of domestic violence against the mother had justified an order that the father should not receive a copy of the form had he been entitled to the protection of art 8.

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