Anxiety is a terrible thing. People don’t always understand it and some don’t even think it exists, but when a 9 year old child suffers from anxiety and shows symptoms towards her father it does raise some concern.
This young girl had not even seen her father for around two years and the level of anxiety worried the court to such levels that it was suggested a psychiatrist be appointed to analyse the father, the mother and the child to help the court make a more educated decision regarding the care of the child.
The Independent Children’s Lawyer and the father agreed that this would be a smart path to take in this matter, while the mother disagreed saying that the child had undergone so many different sessions and tests that one more would not be in the child’s best interest.
The Court suggested that without getting more insight into the child’s anxiety there would be no way of knowing or treating the reasons behind the anxiety and no long term decisions could be made.
The Court has take a proactive approach to figure out what is in the best interest for the child’s wellbeing. The appointment of a psychologist would determine whether the child’s anxieties are caused by an incident or someone else’s influences. This would also help the child overcome her anxiety and hopefully rebuild the relationhip with her father to a point where she is no longer nervous, worried and/or scared to be with him.