EM v AM

Parent and child – Contact – Parental rights and responsibilities. Court of Session: Allowing a mother's appeal and refusing a father's cross-appeal in a case in which the sheriff principal had allowed the father's appeal against a sheriff's interlocutor depriving him of all his parental rights and responsibilities in relation to a child and refusing to make a contact order, the court did not support the sheriff principal's decision that there should be contact as directed by the court, and was not satisfied that he was entitled to substitute suspension for deprivation of the defender's parental rights and responsibilities; it also rejected contentions that the sheriff was wrong and unreliable in his approach to parental rights and responsibilities associated with contact and that he had shown apparent bias.

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