I have an awful past but I still want to be a parent to my children – do I have any chance?

I have an awful past but I still want to be a parent to my children – do I have any chance?

There is a presumption in law that both parents have a right to a relationship with their child. However sometimes that person poses such a risk to the child that they should not be allowed to have contact.

I’ve been involved with quite a few cases over the years whether parents have been found to be such a risk that the court decided they should not allowed to spend any time with their child, in these cases there was recent domestic violence, emotional abuse, ongoing drug/alcohol issues or criminal convictions that posed a concern.

However one client I recently represented had all of these things in abundance but the difference for him was that they were somewhat historic, he had turned his life around, had kept out of trouble, was working full time, was clean and more importantly he owned his past, he puts his hands up to everything and said he was a fool and he regretted everything. 

The social worker agreed that he had changed and after all we all deserve a second chance in life. Or do we? Is it too great a risk when we are talking about dependent children. 

 

 

Rachel McGrath