February 16, 1984. Rehearing Denied March 19, 1984.
William M. Barr of Raymond, Wilson, Conway, Barr, Burrows and Jester, Daytona Beach, for appellant.
Donald E. Hawkins of Hawkins Hawkins, Daytona Beach, for appellee.
By this expedited appeal, Sandra Archer challenges an order of the trial court requiring her to send her four-year old son from Japan to the United States for six weeks visitation with his father, David King. We find no evidence in the record to support a determination that such a trip can be made with due regard for the child's safety and welfare. Accordingly, we reverse this portion of the order.
The order also denied Mrs. Archer's request to terminate or restrict visitation with King.
We affirm the remainder of the order, but not without concern. Had the trial judge severely limited King's visitation rights with his son, we would have affirmed without hesitation. King's statements to his son in his letters were, in the words of the psychologist who evaluated them, "mildly to extremely inappropriate." It was obvious, because of the tender age of the boy, that the letters would be read and controlled by Mrs. Archer. Undoubtedly the trial judge concluded that the letters were intended to influence Mrs. Archer rather than the boy.
REVERSED in part, and AFFIRMED in part.
SHARP, J., concurs.
DAUKSCH, J., concurs in part, dissents in part with opinion.
I concur with the reversal of the order requiring the visitation. I dissent to the affirmance of the order denying the restriction of the appellee's visitation rights. In my opinion the behavior of this father is such as to endanger the welfare of his son, and others, and the trial court abused its discretion in failing to severely restrict the time and place and conditions of visitation until the father has received and can prove a benefit from psychiatric counseling.