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Can a child who is in care refuse to see their father who only

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Can a child who is in care refuse to see their father who only gets to see them once a month and has co guardianship l live in Ireland
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 1 year ago.
1. I regret to say that a child cannot refuse to see their parent if that parent has an access order in place. The decision here is not the child's decision. In order that access not take place, there must be some specific bad conduct on the part of the parent, such as beatings or child abuse which would then mean that access would take place on a supervised basis. However, courts never listen to claims that a child doesn't want to see their parent, as the court takes the view that they are only a child and don't know any better.