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Court of Appeal to hear father’s appeal in Charedi community contact case

Hearing listed for November 2017

The Court of Appeal has granted permission to the father to appeal against the decision of Mr Justice Peter Jackson in J v B and The Children (Ultra-Orthodox Judaism: Transgender) [2017] EWFC 4. In that case Peter Jackson J denied a father, who now lives as a transgender person, direct contact with his five children who live with their mother in the heart of a Charedi community. An order was made for indirect contact with the father, represented by Dawson Cornwell for the appeal, four times a year for each child.

The judge said that he reached "the unwelcome conclusion that the likelihood of the children and their mother being marginalised or excluded by the ultra-Orthodox community is so real, and the consequences so great, that this one factor, despite its many disadvantages, must prevail over the many advantages of contact."

The appeal hearing, estimated to last one day, will take place on 15 November 2017.

For the High Court judgment, prefaced by a summary, click here. For a recent article – Parental Disputes, Religious Differences and the Welfare of the Children – which encompasses the judgment in J v B, click here.