Emmerdale viewers were relieved to find out Joe Tate (played by Ned Porteous) was in fact alive and living in Monte Carlo last month.
And whilst the police have closed the investigation, there could still be consequential effects for Cain Dingle (Jeff Hordley).
It comes as Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to Linda Lamb, a director at LSL Family Law firm about the impact the ‘missing Joe Tate case’ could have on Cain’s current arrangements with son Kyle.
And whether or not there is a strong chance for Amy Wyatt (Natalie Ann Jamieson) to seek custody instead.
Linda began by explaining: “The absolute priority for the court when considering the arrangements for children is to consider the best interests of the child. [And] the current storyline of Emmerdale throws up a number of issues.
“Just because you are the biological parent does not mean that you are fit under the eyes of the state to look after your child. All issues need to be considered using the best interests of the child and the welfare checklist which is in the Children’s Act.
“This includes the wishes and feelings of the child, the child’s physical, emotional and educational needs, as well as the likely effect on the child if circumstances change as a result of the court’s decision,” she continued.
There is also “the child’s age, sex, background and any other characteristics that will be relevant to the court’s decision”. Alongside assessing “any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering” as well as “the capability of the carers and proposed carers in meeting the child’s needs”.
Whilst the court could agree Kyle would be better off living with his paternal mother, Linda added: “The court needs to consider the harmful effects of changing the child’s living arrangements and how confusing this could be for the child”.
“Amy would need to demonstrate that it is better for Kyle to move into her care. She would have to show that she is now stable and able to care for Kyle.
“If the court considers that none of the proposed carers are able to care for Kyle and that he would be at risk of significant harm, there is the possibility that the local authority may have to take Kyle into their protection,” she concluded.
When Amy first arrived back in the village she made it clear how she intended to get access to Kyle.
Understandably, Cain was hesitant and pushed back, clearly stating how she would have no involvement in their child’s life.
But over recent weeks, he has slowly softened to the idea of his son having his mother around and has allowed Amy to tell Kyle that she is his real mother, as well as spend some time together getting to know one another.
However, with Amy respecting Cain’s wishes and allowing him to make all the decisions, could this be her way of secretly planning to take Kyle away from Cain by playing nice?
Just because you are the biological parent doesn’t mean you’re good enough to look after your child.
Linda Lamb, director at LSL Family Law firm.
Elsewhere in Emmerdale, there is the chance Maya Stepney (Louisa Clein) will be caught for grooming Jacob Gallagher (Joe-Warren Plant).
After months of manipulating the school boy into a relationship, Maya is set to be exposed in upcoming weeks.
But who will be the one to catch her out and hold her accountable for the unforgivable crime?
Zahra Awaiz-Bilal, a child abuse expert at Bolt Burdon Kemp legal firm spoke to Express.co.uk about Jessie Grant’s (Sandra Marvin) close association to Maya and Jacob and whether or not she will face any legal implications.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV.
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