A judge in the High Court has criticised Kent County Council for how they handled the custody case of a child involved in an international divorce dispute. The child was born and raised in Latvia until his parents divorced when he was four-years-old. After the separation, the mother relocated to the United Kingdom with the boy. The boy was taken from his mother's care after he had been seen with bruising to his face and was subsequently placed in temporary foster care.
The judge expressed concern because the council had not followed the orders of the original Family Court judge who asked officials to notify the child's father, who still lived in Latvia, of the proceedings. She said that the council did not notify the man until five months after the child had been in foster care and that their behaviour in this matters relating to children had brought about 'enormous concern".