BRUTAL BATTLE FOR TWINS: FATHER WINS
Vienna doctor in 2 year conflict with British mum
Yet another bitter cross-border custody battle. This time the father won.
Vienna: Twins Samuel and Benjamin (4) pulled back and forth between 2 worlds: First they could live with their British mum Beth (29), then their ‘respectable’ Viennese father (33) fought for custody. Has calm now finally been restored to the lives of the children?
A judge in the second district court, Leopoldstadt, made a final decision this week: the father may keep his sons – permanently.
Mum Beth even appealed for help to the Austrian Embassy
The parents have fought each other for two years. Psychological assessments on mum Beth and her psychological state were presented as evidence. The anguished mother turned to the British media and has even appealed to the Austrian Ambassador in London for assistance. She collected signatures for a petition and organised demonstrations. One (Austrian) newspaper has even called this a ‘Judicial Scandal.’
A judge ruled against the mother in favour of the Viennese father, Wednesday.
70% increase in visitation battles
Beth may currently only see her sons every Tuesday and every second Sunday. For her: it is hell, for the father: a relief and for the little boys?
The number of custody battles in Austria this year stands at 12,895 cases (September count). The number of visitation applications has risen more than 70% since 2009.
Tragic: The ones to suffer are always the children