From an earlier column: she is seperated from her American husband.
“By now a new twist had entered the story. Supported by the mother, her American husband from whom she is amicably separated, and who is the father of her eldest daughter asked that the baby be sent to Los Angeles to live with his sister, herself a very capable mother, described by her US lawyer as a rock. British law is clear that wherever possible children should be adopted by members of their wider family. But in March, Essex social services ruled that this was unacceptable because, even though she was the aunt of the babys stepsister, the American woman had no blood tie to the baby. So, rather than allow the child to be looked after by her kin, she must be sent to live with complete strangers.”