Harris & Coates 2014 FamCA 79
Parents of children aged 10, 8 and 6 years had been involved in ongoing intractable conflict. The children had development and psychological/emotional problems and the parents disputed the reasons for this (child’s behaviour). One child had seen a psychologist.
The judge found that all three children had been involved in the ongoing parental conflict, and neither parent had shown a capacity to protect the children from the conflict. The father wanted to pass on a letter written by the 10 year old to the judge, but the judge declined to accept the letter expressing the child’s wishes.