When allegations of abuse have been made, which is all too common in Children Cases, the court has to make a decision as to hold a hearing to examine the evidence to verify whether the abuse took place or not.
Having established the truth (or otherwise), they then need to consider how it will affect contact with the child. The last thing any Judge wants is for the abuse to be ignored and the child suffer abuse.
The whole fact Finding experience can be very difficult to deal with unless you receive the right advice and support. The implications of getting it wrong can be enormous and badly affect your relationship with your children