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Transcontinental custody battle

A New Zealander who discovered that she was pregnant while travelling with her British boyfriend became e mbroiled in a transcontinental tug-of-love over their baby daughter after a 15-month relationship ended, a High Court judge heard.

The couple, both in their 20s, had met when the woman was working as waitress in England and they had planned to go travelling in Europe for three months, Mr Justice Peter Jackson was told.

Then, a month after setting off, the woman found out that she was pregnant.

Their daughter had been born in New Zealand and the couple had tried living on the North Island of New Zealand, with her parents, then in East Anglia, with his parents.

But their relationship had ended when the little girl was about three months old.

A day after they broke up the woman had kicked the man when he attempted to take the child from her - and police were called, said the judge.

They had then begun a court fight over custody - with their parents picking up lawyers' bills.

Detail has emerged in a written ruling by Mr Justice Peter Jackson following a court hearing in London.

The judge said he had decided the little girl should live with her mother, in New Zealand, and see her father on agreed occasions.

No-one involved was identified.

He said the relationship between the man and woman was "very difficult" and their parents had also been unable to establish "any real means of communication" between them.

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