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.