Father Receives Compensation over Lack of Contact with Daughter

A father from Poland has been awarded compensation after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland had breached Article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. The case concerned the contact rights of the applicant, Jaroslaw Malec, to his daughter. Mr Malec separated from his wife in 2008, when their daughter was four years old, and they divorced in January 2012. They initially agreed on access arrangements but problems arose from November 2010 when the first interim contact order was issued during the divorce proceedings. From then on, Mr Malec’s contact with his daughter became irregular and conflict between the parents escalated. Subsequently, between May 2011 and January 2012 almost no contact took place. After that, contact took place irregularly, usually on weekdays and without any overnight stays. Starting in December 2010, Mr Malec filed over 50 enforcement claims, complaining about his ex-wife’s refusal to comply with contact orders. They eventu

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