Reese v Reese [2020] NZFC 1238

Published 30 June 2020

Interim care and contact arrangements — day-to-day care — supervised contact — welfare and best interests of children — safety — protection order — relocation — neglect — assault — criminal proceedings — family violence — Family Violence Act 2018 — Care of Children Act 2004, ss 4, 5, 6, 15 & 133 — Fletcher v McMillan [1996] 2 NZLF 491, [1996] NZFLR 302, (1996) 14 FRNZ 234 — Profit v Wells, FC Nelson, FP042/17/93. This hearing was to determine the interim care and contact arrangements for three children. They were currently in the day-to-day care of their maternal grandmother. Their father was facing criminal charges for family violence against their mother and was not a suitable candidate to care for the children on a full time basis. The Judge determined it was in the welfare and best interests of the children to return to their mother's care as soon as she could find appropriate accommodation. There were no safety concerns for the children in her care and it was important to establish and maintain a status quo. The children were to have supervised contact with their father and regular contact with their maternal grandmother. Judgment Date: 19 February 2020. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *