Mr Justice Peter Jackson in this case took the very unusual step of writing a letter of explanation to a teenage boy involved in a 'leave to remove application' to explain why he had refused permission when the boy himself had said he wanted to move to Scandinavia with his father. These applications are extremely difficult. Legal advice is essential. There is no middle ground when one parent wishes to move to a different jurisdiction. Inevitably one parent's relationship with their child/children is likely to suffer.
The judgment in Re A (Letter to a Young Person)  EWFC 48, apart from the first four paragraphs, comprises a letter to the young boy, who was the subject of the proceedings to determine, inter alia, whether he should be permitted to move to Scandinavia with his father and, if not, the contact arrangements. The boy wished to go and gave evidence. His mother objected. The judge refused permission for the move. In 2016 Sir Peter was praised for using simple phrases in the judgment in Lancashire County Council v M and Others  EWFC 9 which was 'as short as possible' in the hope that the mother and the older children could 'follow it'. The judgment reproduced an emoji which featured as a point of evidence.