What is the impact of having two young children who have been denied access by their father?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from PF v SF, 2011 ONSC 154 (CanLII):

I agree with the statement of Wolder J. at para. 12 of Burton v. McShane, 2006 CarswellOnt 1714 (C.J.) when he stated: The children are two and four years of age. I find that, generally, children of that age are extremely resilient. They have been denied their right to have a relationship with their father since last June. This situation needs to be remedied very quickly in the best interests of the children. Although I agree that the reintegration of access should be gradual, I am not persuaded that the need to restore the access on a graduated basis should bar the children's right to enjoy a reasonable amount of time with their father very quickly. In other words, the rate of re-integration of the children with their father should be child-focussed and should not act as a tool to deny the children their right of reasonable access to their father much longer.

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