P.V. v. Spain (European Court of Human Rights)

The case concerned a male-to-female transsexual who, prior to his sex reassignment, had had a son with his wife in 1998. They separated in 2002 and the applicant complained of the restrictions that had been imposed by the court on the contact arrangements with his son on the ground that his emotional instability after his change of sex entailed a risk of disturbing the child, then aged six.

The Court held that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the Convention in conjunction with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) to the Convention. It found that the restriction on contact had not
resulted from discrimination on the ground of the applicant’s transsexualism. The decisive ground for the restriction imposed by the Spanish courts, having regard to the applicant’s temporary emotional instability, had been the child’s well-being. They had
therefore made a gradual arrangement that would allow the child to become progressively accustomed to his father’s sex reassignment.

Chamber Judgment P.V. v. Spain 30.11.2010.

 

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