Ruling on boy's care arrangements

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A family court judge has made decisions about care arrangements for a boy whose estranged parents became embroiled in a legal dispute over how his cancerous brain tumour should be treated.

Neon Roberts's case hit the headlines more than 18 months ago - when he was seven.

His mother Sally objected to him receiving radiotherapy treatment - her estranged husband, Ben Roberts, consented.

A judge ruled in December 2012 that Neon should receive radiotherapy treatment after analysing evidence at a High Court hearing in London.

Ms Roberts had said she feared that radiotherapy would cause long-term harm.

But Mr Justice Bodey ruled against her after being told by doctors that Neon could die within months without radiotherapy treatment.

Mr and Ms Roberts then became involved in another legal dispute about who should care for Neon, now nine.

And the couple were today back at the High Court in London to hear another judge spell out decisions on Neon's care arrangements.

Judge Angela Finnerty outlined her judgment to the couple at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court - after analysing evidence.

The judge allowed a reporter to attend part of the hearing.

But she said detail of her decisions relating to care arrangements could not be publicised.

She said her ruling would mean that Neon's "close and loving relationship" with each of his parents would continue.

Judge Finnerty gave no detail of Neon's current medical condition.

In December 2012, Mr Justice Bodey had ruled that Neon should live with his father for the duration of his treatment.

And he said that, in future, doctors would need only Mr Roberts's consent when making decisions about Neon's cancer treatment.

He said it was important that doctors were not hampered by a ''stalemate'' if parents took differing views.

Mr Justice Bodey had been told that Ms Roberts was a New Zealander who then lived in Brighton, East Sussex, and that Mr Roberts lived in London.

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