D v E (termination of parental responsibility) – Family Law Week case summary

21 May 2021

Application by the mother to terminate the father’s parental responsibility pursuant to s 4 (2A) of the Children Act 1989 granted. Permission also given to change the child’s surname.

G, a girl, was born in 2012.  Her father (F) was named on the birth certificate.  G's parents separated in 2014 and in subsequent proceedings finalised in 2014, a child arrangements order was made providing for F to have contact progressing to staying contact.  F had a significant offending history and in 2015, mother (M) terminated contact on advice from police and the LA because F was being investigated for sexual offences against a child.  F was subsequently convicted of offences of causing or inciting a female child under the age of 16 to engage in sexual acts and of further breaches of sexual harm prevention orders.  F had no subsequent relationship with G.

M subsequently applied for a child arrangements order that effectively terminated all contact with F, a specific issue order to change G's surname and an application to terminate F's PR.  The child's guardian applied for an order pursuant to s 91 (14).

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