Herald Sun

Re­turn chil­dren, dad told


FOUR chil­dren at the cen­tre of a tug-of-love fight must re­turn to their mother in Aus­tralia, a Bri­tish judge has ruled.

The Bri­tish-born girl and three boys, aged 9-13, had wanted to stay.

The youngest, a boy, said he missed the “spi­ders and the snakes” in Aus­tralia, but pre­ferred Bri­tain.

Nev­er­the­less, Judge Clifford Bel­lamy said that af­ter the par­ents’ mar­riage broke down the wealthy fi­nan­cial con­sul­tant fa­ther had wrong­fully kept the chil­dren in Eng­land.

The man had also cre­ated a “cli­mate based on neg­a­tiv­ity to­wards their mother”.

The judge, who sits in Le­ices­ter, an­nounced his de­ci­sion in a writ­ten rul­ing fol­low­ing a hear­ing in the Fam­ily Di­vi­sion of the High Court.

He did not iden­tify the fam­ily, but he said the cou­ple were both 38 and English.

He said the chil­dren had been born in Eng­land, and the fam­ily had moved to live in Aus­tralia eight years ago.

The man left his wife af­ter hav­ing an af­fair, and re­turned to Eng­land.

The woman and the chil­dren stayed in Aus­tralia.

The chil­dren vis­ited their fa­ther in Eng­land for a twom­onth hol­i­day late last year and had not been re­turned.

Judge Bel­lamy said the woman had then taken le­gal ac­tion and asked for the chil­dren’s “sum­mary re­turn” to Aus­tralia.

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