17. He appends to his skeleton argument a document entitled 'Disputes in One of Fact which Involves Legal Authorities'. This is so well written that it could almost be an academic article. In this the father argues that the courts themselves have adopted some sort of maternal preference, and in doing so they have failed to have a proper regard to the more recent psychological literature and that, in any event, they are wrong; gender is not an appropriate guide as to who is the most suitable parent or as to how a child should be parented.'
i. Investigations have demonstrated the importance of a child's relationship with people other than his mother.ii. Most important of all there has been repeated findings that many children are not damaged by deprivation.iii. The old issue of critical periods of development and the crucial importance of early years has been reopened and re examined. The evidence is unequivocal that experiences at all ages have an impact.iv. The first few years do have a special importance for bond formation and social development.