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CBEEBIES Katy wins court fight over her child; UK& WORLD.

Byline: Brian Farmer newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

AFORMER children's television presenter has won a family court fight with an ex-partner over their child. Actress Katy Ashworth, 30, who worked on the BBC's CBeebies, had brought the child back to Britain after a trip to Australia earlier this year.

Her ex-partner - television director Ben Alcott, 42, who lives in Australia - had argued that the child was habitually resident in Australia.

He had complained that Ms Ashworth had been wrong to take the child back to England.

Deputy High Court Judge Alex Verdan, who analysed evidence at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has concluded that the child was not wrongfully removed from Australia by Ms Ashworth.

He said Ms Ashworth and Mr Alcott could be identified - but said the child must not be named in media reports.

The pair had been involved in an on-off relationship - with Ms Ashworth living in England with the child and Mr Alcott in Redfern, New South Wales, said the judge.

Ms Ashworth had travelled to Australia with the child in April. Mr Alcott said the trip heralded a permanent move.

Ms Ashworth said it was a "trial attempt" to see if their relationship would "work out long term".

She had left Mr Alcott's home, with the child, after three nights.

Judge Verdan said she discovered material on Mr Alcott's computer which indicated that he had been unfaithful.

He said Ms Ashworth had discovered evidence suggesting that Mr Alcott was having relationships with four other women.

Mr Alcott had accepted that his personal life was "very complicated".

The judge said Mr Alcott wanted the child to be returned to Australia - arguing that Ms Ashworth was intending a permanent move.

Ms Ashworth disagreed. Judge Verdan ruled in Ms Ashworth's favour, saying: "If the mother had known the true state of affairs I am satisfied that in all likelihood she would not have moved to Australia with (the child) even for a trial period."

The judge concluded that the child had never "acquired habitual residence in Australia".

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