“A father has given up the fight to see his children after their mother waged a vicious campaign ‘demonising’ him and ‘alienating’ them from him. Family court judge Stephen Wildblood today apologised to the father, who he said was an ‘intelligent man who plainly loves his children’.
He said the father had spent eight years fighting for his children in a ‘heartbreaking and expensive’ case. And in a scathing attack Judge Wildblood blamed the mother, pointing out her children would suffer long-term harm as a result of her bitter actions. Attempts to move the children from their mother’s home to their father’s home failed and the man has now ended an eight-year legal fight for contact with them.
Judge Wildblood, the chief family judge in Bristol, gave details of the case in a written ruling published online following a private family court hearing. The judge said a psychiatrist involved had suggested that the woman had allowed, or possibly encouraged, the ‘demonisation’ of her former partner. He said the family could not be identified, has not said how many children are involved or given their ages, and has not said where the hearing was staged – but said the public should be made aware of the case.”