Faith Dixon v Nathan King [2016] NZFC 2769

Published 31 July 2016

Final protection order — domestic violence — final parenting order — Domestic Violence Act 1995, s 13 — Care of Children Act 2004, s 49C. The mother was granted day-to-day care of the three children of the relationship and a protection order was granted in favour of the mother and children against the father. Professionally supervised contact was deemed the only safe way for the children to re-establish contact with their father, given his addiction-fuelled emotionality. The mother, a recovering alcoholic, satisfied the Judge that she was reaching recovery milestones and was “actively and appropriately engaged in meeting the needs of the children” in a way that suggested she was capable of providing the children with safe day-to-day care. If the father wished to vary contact terms he would need to exhibit signs of recovery from drug addiction in conjunction with an application to the Court. **Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements.