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SAB (A Child) [2014] EWHC 384 (Fam)

The biological father of the child, who had 2 mothers, was seeking contact.

  • In brief: Here we have an application by a father ("F") for contact with his child who was living with the mother ("M") and her civil partner. The child had been conceived following sexual intercourse between M and F – they had had an on/off relationship for some time. It was disputed as to whether, when child was conceived, F was being a willing "sperm donor" or whether it was intended that he would play a fuller role in the child's life. The reality was though that despite contact taking place in the early days, the relationship between the adults had crumbled by the time the child was one and a bad situation was made worse when a sext message F had sent to his new partner ended up on M's phone. Contact had completely stopped since that time.  

    The case came before Mr Justice Holman who emphasised the need for the child to know both parents and contact was ordered.

Case note, published: 11/03/2014

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  • The biological father of the child, who had 2 mothers, was seeking contact. The judge ruled that the father was not merely a 'sperm donor' who would 'walk away' and ordered that contact resume between the father and child. Judgment, 21/02/2014, free

Published: 11/03/2014

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