Justin Kay v Dana Eades [2016] NZFC 3372

Published 10 October 2016

Contact — supervision of contact — Care of Children Act 2004, ss 4 and 5. Final parenting order was granted to the father for day-to-day care. Question’s were raised around the Mother’s past itinerant lifestyle, on-going reliability of contact, alcohol consumption, whether risks of domestic violence in the Mother’s current relationship had been reduced and the Mother’s lack of insight and apparent inability to accept responsibility including shifting blame to others for a number of events. In agreeing to unsupervised contact the judge balanced these questions against the father’s protectiveness and willingness to take steps to ensure safe and proper contact occurs. Mother was provided with unsupervised contact provided certain protective measures were complied with. Father conceded that unsupervised contact was preferable in that it would allow mother and child’s relationship to develop more naturally. Judgment Date: 26 April 2016. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements * * *