Re A (A Child: Application for leave to apply for a child arrangements order)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. A child, A, was the product of artificial insemination between R and a donor. H and R were in a civil partnership but later separated. A residence order was made in favour of H. H commenced a relationship and cohabited with M, who was a female to male transsexual. It was contended that M and A had developed a father/daughter bond. After M and H separated. M sought to resume his relationship with A and have contact with her. He applied to the court for leave to apply for a child arrangements order. The Family Court refused to give leave on the basis that although M had spent a significant period of time living with A, other factors, including the potentially damaging effect on A's welfare militated against allowing M to proceed with his substantive application.

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