"Expert: an Increased focus on children's right to contact with both parents"
"the Father is convicted of molestation – and the social services think that it would be harmful for the children to be forced into socializing with him. "
"Nevertheless, the court has decided that they will meet every other week. Lena has now ended up with bailiffs because she defies the decision."
"I feel so powerless," she says."
"In an apartment just south of Stockholm is Lena and trying to deal with a situation that she doesn't know how she'll get out. "
"On the table in front of her is a stack of paper that testify to the legal battle she fought in the last five years."
"at the Top of the pile is the most urgent documents. They state that she should pay 60 000 sek in costs, and a further 110 000 sek in penalty. The latter debt has ended up with bailiffs."
" I've got lots of bills, and I have no chance to pay them all, says Lena."
"– All I want is my kids to have it good and be secure. "
"Was”intimidating and violent”"
"It was in 2014 that Lena took the three children and left her then-husband. Then had it in the past so loving and caring man since a time back been completely transformed, says she."
"– He could have a terrible temper tantrums. He was intimidating and violent both towards me and the children."
"the Situation became so serious that the social services placed the Lena and the children in sheltered accommodation. During the years that have passed since then, the father is notified of a crime repeatedly. However, he has only been convicted on one occasion. In the fall, he was sentenced for molestation against the mother and the oldest daughter, for that he, on several occasions, been, filmed, and acted aggressively."
"”the district Court considers that the NN's (the name of the man, reds. note) behavior has been reckless and it resulted in a noticeable fridskränkning,” the judgment."
"It has also continued to get scares from the municipality. In the documents from social services indicated that the children did not want to meet his dad. "
"I see it as very important for children's continued development that they are not forced to socialise with his dad in a way that they are not comfortable with,” writes a familjebehandlare."
"the Mother has sole custody of a child, and oldest daughter do not need to meet the father at all. Södertörn district court, however, has decided that the two youngest should have visitation with him every other week. "
"In the judgment, the right is strongly critical of social work:"
"”It is for the district court not any doubt that the social welfare flaws in the impartiality of the judiciary and that they have a omdömesbrist that is scary”."
"– the Court don't think neither me or social services. I feel so powerless, " says Lena."
"Chefsrådmannen Per Backström defends, however, the wording."
"– the Social services, takes a stand for one party and they are arguing against the court. It's not that that is their role, " he says."
"the district Court has decided that Lena should stand for the man's legal fees, which currently amount to 60 000 sek. Because she keeps the kids away from the access rights that the father has the right to, she is also liable to pay penalty payment of 20 000 per occasion. "
" I have done everything that they should be able to have a relationship. But I can't force my children to do something they don't want to, " says Lena. "
"Per Backström admits that the consequences of Lena will be tough. "
"– There are only losers here. But my task as a judge is to see to the best interests of the child. "
"In what way is it best for children to be forced to meet a person who they say they do not want to meet?"
" According to the case-law considers that children realise the consequences of what they say and how they act first in the 12-year-olds. In this case, the children lived in a situation of conflict for long, and it is likely to have affected them strongly."
"the Man's lawyer Anna Edelhjelm believe that Lena is deliberately destroying the children and the father's relation:"
"– It is a severe form of umgängessabotage. He is not convicted of any regard to the children involved. It is not strange that they say they don't want to meet him because of the image they received."
"the Expert, ”Can be a collision”"
"In recent time, several cases attracted the attention throughout Sweden, where the courts decided that the children should meet with both their parents – despite the fact that it goes against what the kids say they want to. A few weeks ago, a man sole custody of his sons that he was convicted for having assaulted, which led to harsh criticism. "
"Stefan Wahlberg, editor-in-chief of the online magazine Today's law, think that they have seen a change in courts' reasoning."
"– value the more often the child's right to a relationship with both of their parents higher than the so-called going concern basis, which emphasizes the children's need for stability, " he says, and continues:"
" the Courts therefore considers that in the long run is better for the children if both parents are in their lives, even if it might initially be turbulent."
"Malin Bergström, child psychologist and researcher at the Karolinska institute, has also noted this development. "
"– There can be a collision between these two principles. In the research it is possible to find evidence for both the importance of not to be pulled up out of familiar environments and the need for contact with both parents."
"– It applies to the courts to hold two thoughts in your head at the same time. Then you have to make specific trade-offs in each individual case."
"▪▪ Footnote: Lena's really called something else."