Parents urged against the covert recording of conversations involving children in Family Court proceedings
An unusual case involving two separated parents at loggerheads over whether their daughter should continue to live with her father or move to live with her mother has seen a Judge rule in favour of the latter, due to the father’s secret covert recording.
A Judge ruled that the mother was perfectly within her rights to object to her daughter being in the full-time care of a father who “sewed recording devices into her clothing”.
The mother described her ex-partner’s behaviour as “really disturbing” in Court.
The case is a stern reminder of the repercussions which may arise should a parent be tempted to make covert recordings of a child in Family Court proceedings.
Parents are advised to think long and hard before recording conversations which include a child caught up in Family Court proceedings – whether the recordings are made in secret or otherwise.
A similar case brought before a Court of Appeal in recent months claimed that the practice of covert recording “normally says more about the recorder than the recorded”.