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3 contact refusals - and your OUT! (UK)

Top judge says mothers should have children taken away if they don't let fathers see them

By Daily Mail Reporter

Mr Justice Coleridge: Called for 'three strikes and you're out' rule.  Mothers who refuse to let separated fathers see their children should have them taken away, a senior family court judge said yesterday.

The children should be handed over to the full time care of the father if the mother persistently defies court orders, Mr Justice Coleridge said.

He called for a three strikes and youre out rule by which children would be taken away if mothers ignored three court orders.

The judge said that family courts are losing their authority because so many people take no notice of their judgements.

Around 5,000 new cases a year come before the family courts in which parents  almost always mothers  defy orders to let the other parent have contact.

Judges are extremely reluctant to jail such mothers because of the damaging effects on the children, so many continue to get away with it.

Mr Justice Coleridge, 61, said: If I were to call it three strikes and youre out it sounds insensitive but something like it perhaps should be the norm.

He added that occasionally it might be necessary to send a mother to jail.

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