Latvian housekeeper who thought daughter better off in UK loses legal fight

A Latvian housekeeper who thought her four-year-old daughter would have a better life in Britain must return home, a judge in London has ruled.

She left Latvia with the youngster during the summer of 2018 and had found a job in England, Mr Justice Williams heard.

But her estranged Latvian partner took legal action and claimed that his daughter had wrongly been taken abroad.

Mr Justice Williams, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court, has concluded that mother and child should return to Latvia.

He says Latvian judges should make decisions about the child’s future.

The woman made a series of allegations against the child’s father.

She said she had been subjected to domestic abuse which included violence and “controlling behaviour”.

The woman also said she had relatives in England and thought her daughter would be “much better off” in Britain.

He estranged partner had denied allegations made against him and said the woman had not fled because of “domestic abuse”.

Mr Justice Williams has outlined detail of the case in a written ruling following a private hearing.

He has not identified the family involved.

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