London, Apr 30 (ANI): A Brit divorce judge, who decided to lay emphasis on the distressing impact divorce has on children, quoted a famous lewd poem as he made a ruling in a family battle on April 29.
Lord Justice Nicholas Wall used the words from English poet Philip Larkin's 1971 work 'This Be The Verse', to put his point across.
"They f*** you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do," the Sun quoted him as reciting.
"They fill you with the faults they had, and add some extra, just for you," he said.
The Appeal Court judge, dealing with a residence order, said he hoped he would give the mother and father a fright because they had both come "within a whisker" of losing their nine-year-old son.
As he ruled the boy could live with the mother, he said the parents had harmed him by their "ongoing mutual dislike and recriminations" for each other following the break-up.
The judge issued a statement overturning a decision by Luton County Court, Beds, at which custody of the boy had been given to his maternal grandparents.
"These four lines give a clear warning to parents," he added. (ANI)