A transgender woman, referred to as J, who left a tight-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to embark on a new life as a woman has taken her case to be allowed access to her five children to the Court of Appeal.
She was challenging a ruling that the children risked greater psychological harm by being ostracised by the Haredi community if they saw her than if direct contact ceased.
Earlier this year, J told Mr Justice Peter Jackson in the Manchester family court, that she wanted to be “sensitively reintroduced” to her children, whom she had not seen for about 18 months.
The children’s other parent, referred to as B, told the court that direct contact would result in the children being shunned and excluded from family events and community festivities.
With “real regret”, Mr Justice Peter Jackson said that the children should not see J but should be allowed to exchange letters and cards.
Three appeal judges Sir James Munby, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice Singh – considered J’s case on Wednesday and are expected to rule in the near future.
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