Judge 'Irritated' During 'Tortuous' Dispute Over Two-Year-Old Girl, Hearing Told

Judge 'Irritated' During 'Tortuous' Dispute Over Two-Year-Old Girl, Hearing Told

A judge drew up a six-page document detailing what contact a two-year-old girl should have with her separated parents after a "tortuous" family court dispute.

Judge Judith Hughes explained out how the girl's parents would share her care. She spelled out how they would text each other if the youngster was unwell, would "facilitate" Skype, FaceTime and telephone calls and text, email or telephone to confirm "safe arrival" if the girl went on a trip abroad.

Arrangements were documented in a written order after complex negotiations during a private family court hearing in London.

Judge Hughes was said to have become "irritated" as arguments went "backwards and forwards".

Detail of the case emerged after the girl's mother asked a High Court judge to examine the case at a public appeal hearing.

She made a number of complaints to Mr Justice Baker at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

One of her objections was to that fact that Judge Hughes had said the girl would "live with" her father.

The woman said the judge should have ordered that the youngster "spends time" or "has contact" with her father.

Mr Justice Baker dismissed the woman's appeal.

"The proceedings came before Judge Hughes and took a tortuous course," said Mr Justice Baker in a ruling.

"Judge Hughes, understandable, got a little bit irritated about some of the arguments, which were going backwards and forwards.

"The order stretches to some six pages."


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