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Your Legal Rights as a Parent

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 25 Aug 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Parent Child Parent With Care Non

Losing full-time contact with a child is a difficult and painful outcome of any separation or divorce. The parent who retains day-to-day care of the child may not experience as much separation anxiety as the non resident parent, but they will however become more financially minded.

Maintenance payments from the non resident parent will help ease the financial pressure of raising a child, but unless parents agree to shared care or regular access and visits there may be other problems to overcome too.

Parenting Plan

A custody court order will include a parenting plan or visitation schedule which parents must adhere to. This plan is more likely to affect, and/or restrict, the non resident parent, particularly if the parents are not able to communicate effectively. Understanding and accepting that there will be imposed changes that will affect a non resident parent’s relationship with their child in some way, may enable the parent to consider expressing views openly prior to the custody order being finalised.

Many parents are able to make private arrangements that put the child’s rights and needs first. Joint custody or shared care will enable both parents to have regular contact with their child, and to contribute equally to the emotional, physical and financial aspects of child raising.

Making Modifications

A non resident parent may have a court order but may still experience problems enforcing it. Being flexible about re-arranging a visit keeps communication open. However, the parent with care must acknowledge the non resident parent’s rights.

If problems persist, threatening to withhold child support is not a good idea. If a parent has to go to court to enforce visitation any threats to stop child support payments will be held against them. Modifying maintenance is only acceptable if the parent with care has an increase in income whilst the non resident parent’s income has decreased, or a parent’s expenses have increased considerably through illness etc.

Parent And Child Rights

On the whole, the law allows parents to bring up their children in accordance with their own beliefs and values. This gives parents the right to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, provided the child’s well-being is never put at risk. Parents must accept that wanting their own way however, is not the same thing as exercising a right. Although parents have the right to set limits they do not have the right to enforce views.

A parent has the right to determine their child’s name, religion, form of education and healthcare. They also have the right to accompany the child outside the UK and agree on emigration issues. Parents who have a joint custody agreement share rights and parental responsibilities. If the child’s parents are divorced, however, the mother generally has charge of parental responsibility, although the father’s opinions can be expressed and documented.

A child’s rights state that a parent must ensure their child is safe from harm, has somewhere to live, has food, clothing, medical care and education and is financially supported.

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Scott- Your Question:
I live with my wife and her 3 children from a previous marriage. 18, 15 and 8. The children's father was violent and was found guilty of assault on my wife and causing the children fear and alarm although he was charged with assaulting them.He has not seen them for 3 years ( bail conditions prior to court last year caused 2 years of that ) The older children are petrified of him thankfully the youngest hardly remembers him. Reason for writing is we are contemplating emigration. He is a control freak who even though he doesn't see them would be against this. Where do we stand ? Are we likely to be prevented from going ? I don't want to just go and then be dragged back by the court system.

Our Response:
If you are thinking of emigrating, regardless of whether your wife's ex doesn't see the children, if he has parental responsibility you will have to apply through the courts if he refuses give consent. If you leave the country without requesting permission through the courts you could be charged with abduction.
ChildSupportLaws - 25-Aug-16 @ 2:08 PM
I live with my wife and her 3 children from a previous marriage. 18, 15 and 8. The children's father was violent and was found guilty of assault on my wife and causing the children fear and alarm although he was charged with assaulting them. He has not seen them for 3 years ( bail conditions prior to court last year caused 2 years of that ) The older children are petrified of him thankfully the youngest hardly remembers him. Reason for writing is we are contemplating emigration. He is a control freak who even though he doesn't see them would be against this . Where do we stand ? Are we likely to be prevented from going ? I don't want to just go and then be dragged back by the court system .
Scott - 25-Aug-16 @ 10:55 AM
Mal - Your Question:
My daughter split from her partner a year ago they have a 4 year old son. she is the resident parent with her ex partner seeing him for a few hours a week plus maybe one overnight stay every 10 -14 days. Recently he has been verbally abusive to her both in person and on text as has is mother. He has now taken to dictating who she can see whilst with her son. on a recent visit he saw that we were visiting our daughter and took away her son saying we were not allowed to see him as we are bad grandparents because we do not visit him enough. We live over 350 miles and our in our sixties and with the expense of train fares and hotels it is not easy to visit that often. Does my daughter have to take any notice or indeed allow him to do this?

Our Response:
No, your daughter does not have to consent to this, what she plans to do with her child is up to her. Just as when the father has his son, the plans he has with his son should be his decision. Unless your visit coincided with his agreed time with his child, then as the resident parent your daughter can put her foot down and not allow her ex to dictate such rules.
ChildSupportLaws - 24-Aug-16 @ 11:17 AM
My daughter split from her partner a year ago they have a 4 year old son. she is the resident parent with her ex partner seeing him for a few hours a week plus maybe one overnight stay every 10 -14 days. Recently he has been verbally abusive to her both in person and on text as has is mother. He has now taken to dictating who she can see whilst with her son . on a recent visit he saw that we were visiting our daughter and took away her son saying we were not allowed to see him as we are badgrandparents because we do not visit him enough. We live over 350 miles and our in our sixties and with the expense of train fares and hotels it is not easy to visit that often. Does my daughter have to take any notice or indeed allow him to do this?
Mal - 23-Aug-16 @ 2:53 PM
Blaze - Your Question:
HiMe and my ex husband agreed through solicitors when we divorced that we would have a shared custody order. That was two years ago. Up until now it has worked but lately my ex has started to bully me and use our daughter against me. For example he has taken her away for 10 days over the holidays, 5 of which was my agreed days. When they came back, I asked if I could see her and have her overnight as he's had her for 10 days and his response was no as it is his agreed day to have her. He keeps saying that I am not her primary carer and that his home which is the home she grew up in, is her actual home. He keeps threatening to take me to court for full custody and that we have equal rights at the moment but I don't care for our daughter at all. My address is on all her school, doctors, hospital notes etc and I claim the tax credits and pay all the school dinners and creche fees. I don't even receive CSA from him as he claims he does not have to pay as he has shared custody.Can someone please clear up what shared custody is for me and what rights do I have etc? Also is there a way I can stop the shared custody as he is now using it as a way to bully me and I do not want our daughter to pick up on it? Thank you.

Our Response:
You would have to seek legal advice regarding this. If you both have shared care and one of you wishes to become the primary carer then it would have to be assessed through the courts. You don't say how old you daughter is either, but if she is over the age of 11 her opinion will also count regarding where she wishes to live. The definition of 'shared care' is that neither parent should take the dominant role in the parenting relationship and that all decisions are mutual. The fact this arrangement can break down is one of the reasons the courts are reluctant to award this status over and above the resident-parent status and NRP status, unless both parents agree. If the matter goes to court, the court will decide what it thinks is in the best interests of your child based upon the results of the Cafcass report. The fact you are financially in control of your daughter's welfare edges you into the theoretical position of primary carer. However, other practical and emotional considerations would be taken into account such as which parent lives closest to the school, which area does your daughter feel more at home in and where most of her family and friends are based. Therefore, legal advice here will help to establish whether you have a strong case against your ex, should the situation worsen.
ChildSupportLaws - 22-Aug-16 @ 2:04 PM
Hi Me and my ex husband agreed through solicitors when we divorced that we would have a shared custody order. That was two years ago. Up until now it has worked but lately my ex has started to bully me and use our daughter against me. For example he has taken her away for 10 days over the holidays, 5 of which was my agreed days. When they came back,I asked if I could see her and have her overnight as he's had her for 10 days and his response was no as it is his agreed day to have her. He keeps saying that I am not her primary carer and that his home which is the home she grew up in, is her actual home. He keeps threatening to take me to court for full custody and thatwe have equal rights at the moment but I don't care for our daughter at all. My address is on all her school, doctors, hospital notes etc and I claim the tax credits and pay all the school dinners and creche fees. I don't even receive CSA from him as he claims he does not have to pay as he has shared custody. Can someone please clear up what shared custody is for me and what rights do I have etc? Also is there a way I can stop the shared custody as he is now using it as a way to bully me and I do not want our daughter to pick up on it? Thank you.
Blaze - 22-Aug-16 @ 12:24 AM
Hi I'm not against paying child support I'm a father and I should pay It has to be in line with a persons wages or income The matter that does annoy me is the state pays child tax credits working tax credits and housing benefit and a part time wage to the person with care So a low income worker has less than the minimum wage to live on cannot claim any benefits and the charge for child support is taken at gross wage not net wages So by being denied contact and involvement with our children We also have to pay out again for contact cost and living costs ? How is child support laws fair and balanced if the pwc yearly income is not taken into account ? They say Cms we don't take their money we take yours So the practice of financial abuse is ok the pas of a parent is ok How is that protecting children When they have to suffer mindless dead beat hostile abusive parents Over their expected right of being paid for a natural act of having children This law is a discriminative practice against men workers and to fundamental act of being a father Three times going to court can have the risk of the child/ ren being taken off them Nine times I've been to court and I'm in breach of my contact order because I'm being screwed over in child payments The kids going to Paris Disney world says she's not in hardship I'm not bitter good for the kids but as a father I don't have the means to give them that option The law is an arse take my licence so stop you from being employed take my home so stops me having safe contact with my kids Steal up to 40% in a garnish For a system that does not regulate weather that money is spent on the kids or not But the state pays out in benefits 14,000 in handouts ? fathers are denied children are being absued by mothers who think that the law is for them When law is about our children But being a man we can be marginalised and discriminated against How can a modern society expect fathers not to be deadbeats if they putting us in hardship over % chargers that don't go to our children It's about making profit out of children So it's slavery it's mal practice mal administration and abuse of office The hours I've spent chatting bubbles with these half wits and clowns Common sense does not register with this company Fixed home fixed address can attack your living wage Because the rate of cost is not in line with the low income that most workers earn and high rents and bills The law of child support is about making money How can they say gross income when tax and nic have to be paid When the state give thousands in benefits this law is a crime not balanced or fair and is a breach of my human rights
Borny - 17-Aug-16 @ 9:50 AM
Jojoed - Your Question:
I'm a single parent to 4 children. My two youngest my girl is 17 and my boy is 11 have on occasions stayed at their Dad's house and each time he's moved I've been told the new address. I've had over the last few months a very strong feelings something was being kept a secret from me, my ex told me last week the day before he was going he was taking our 11yr old away for a long weekend, so all I asked was where they were going and was anyone else going with them? My ex flipped and told me it was none of my business! I managed to get Butlins out of him. Anyway to cut a long story short I had to let my boy go but the whole time worried sick then he's wanting to take him camping for a few day's and I said no unless you tell me where and who with and he won't!.my 17yr old then broke down and told me that my ex has moved in with a woman his girlfriend and this was over 2 months ago and he told them not to tell me.so when they have gone to stay at their Dad's they have not been staying where I thought they were!.I think at the very least I as their mother I have the right to know where and who with my children are.he's having none of it and I don't know what to do can you help please.

Our Response:
This is a tricky question to answer and I can only try to answer it by asking you to put the shoe on the other foot, i.e if you met someone new and you took your children to stay with them, would you feel the need to consult your ex? Yes, it shows courtesy for an ex to let the other parent know certain things, but if the other parent may react by withdrawing access, or not trusting their judgment then it is understandable that the non-resident parent wishes to keep matters private. Another issue here is that some resident-parents can tend to think the NRP is not capable of looking after their own children, even though they have an equal ability and can demonstrate as much love and care as the resident parent (i.e they are a responsible adult, and your children are older and therefore able to form decisions of their own). Unless there is any reason why your ex would put the children in a harmful situation then there is no reason why your ex has explain himself and his actions. Trying to have a trusting relationship with an ex and knowing that both of you have your children's best interests at heart is the main thing. What your ex does and who he introduces your children to (especially if he is in a committed relationship) is really up to him and his ability to make rational decisions as a parent. There are no legal rights to say what a parent can or can't do in circumstances such as this, the best parents can do is be able to negotiate between themselves over what they think is in the best interests of their kids.
ChildSupportLaws - 12-Aug-16 @ 12:02 PM
I'm a single parent to 4 children. My two youngest my girl is 17 and my boy is 11 have on occasions stayed at their Dad's house and each time he's moved I've been told the new address. I've had over the last few months a very strong feelings something was being kept a secret from me, my ex told me last week the day before he was going he was taking our 11yr old away for a long weekend, so all I asked was where they were going and was anyone else going with them? My ex flipped and told me it was none of my business! I managed to get Butlins out of him. Anyway to cut a long story shortI had to let my boy go but the whole time worried sick then he's wanting to take him camping for a few day's and I said no unless you tell me where and who with and he won't!...my 17yr old then broke down and told me that my ex has moved in with a woman his girlfriend and this was over 2 months ago and he told them not to tell me....so when they have gone to stay at their Dad's they have not been staying where I thought they were!...I think at the very least I as their mother I have the right to know where and who with my children are....he's having none of it and I don't know what to do can you help please.
Jojoed - 11-Aug-16 @ 12:18 PM
Getting frustrated- Your Question:
Hi I was wondering if you could give me some advice please. My partner n ex when to court where she was rewarded residents, now 2 years later we have had my step daughter full time for a year with once a week contact from her mother, if that at times. Where do we stand with getting this residents order changed?

Our Response:
You would have to apply to court. I suggest you seek legal advice before you apply in order to explore your options.
ChildSupportLaws - 1-Aug-16 @ 1:48 PM
Hi I was wondering if you could give me some advice please. My partner n ex when to court where she was rewarded residents, now 2 years later we have had my step daughter full time for a year with once a week contact from her mother, if that at times. Where do we stand with getting this residents order changed?
Getting frustrated - 31-Jul-16 @ 11:30 PM
My children(17 &15) live with my ex husband, ive now found out he had moved but is refusing to provide me with his new address.What can I do as he has also told the children not to tell me Thanks
Aly - 29-Jul-16 @ 8:37 PM
Concerned mum - Your Question:
My ex has moved into, in his words, a grim bedsit not suitable for children'. What rights do I have as resident parent to say I do not want my 4 year old daughter sleeping there?

Our Response:
You have every right to make a decision on what you think is in the best interests of your child. Obviously, the best way to discuss this is reasonably with your ex directly and try to come to an alternative access routine between you. If your ex is saying it's not suitable for children, then he should be amenable to an alternative suggestion. Mediation wuold be the next port of call if you cannot agree between yourselves.
ChildSupportLaws - 26-Jul-16 @ 12:05 PM
My ex has moved into, in his words, a grim bedsit not suitable for children'. What rights do I have as resident parent to say I do not want my 4 year old daughter sleeping there?
Concerned mum - 25-Jul-16 @ 2:58 PM
tortured mum - Your Question:
Hi there.I suffered PND and felt it best if I left. That was 13 years ago. My ex has made contact impossible and even though DS is now visiting his grandparents just 6 miles away he is refusing to meet.However, he is happy to demand money and I only heat from him of the direct debit is delayed.I am remarried with 2 and he is remarried with 3 and one on the way.If I call the house or make contact in anyway other than email he threatens to call the police and do me for harassment. Any phone conversations in the past with DS my ex has recorded! !!Please help. I just want to see my son.

Our Response:
You would have to seek legal advice here - as the only way you may be able to resolve this is through court. It is worth paying for some initial advice and if you cannot afford the legal fees to take the matter to court, you may be able to self-litigate. As your child is now older, then his opinion will be taken into consideration by Cafcass. The court will decide what it thinks is in your son's best interests.
ChildSupportLaws - 25-Jul-16 @ 12:58 PM
Hi there. I suffered PND and felt it best if I left. That was 13 years ago. My ex has made contact impossible and even though DS is now visiting his grandparents just 6 miles away he is refusing to meet. However, he is happy to demand money and I only heat from him of the direct debit is delayed. I am remarried with 2 and he is remarried with 3 and one on the way. If I call the house or make contact in anyway other than email he threatens to call the police and do me for harassment. Any phone conversations in the past with DS my ex has recorded! !! Please help. I just want to see my son.
tortured mum - 24-Jul-16 @ 7:09 PM
Horace - Your Question:
I have been separated from my wife for 6 months. My ex won't let my daughter (8), sleep over at my house. We have been to Mediation, but my ex wife keeps making excuses why my daughter can't stay over. The longer staying contact is not happening, the less likely my daughter is not wanting to stay with me. What is my exit move?

Our Response:
Your next move would have to be to apply to court for overnight access if you cannot resolve your issues through mediation.
ChildSupportLaws - 23-Jun-16 @ 2:51 PM
I have been separated from my wife for 6 months. My ex won't let my daughter (8), sleep over at my house. We have been to Mediation, but my ex wife keeps making excuses why my daughter can't stay over. The longer staying contact is not happening, the less likely my daughter is not wanting to stay with me. What is my exit move?
Horace - 23-Jun-16 @ 6:38 AM
rache - Your Question:
Im just looking for some advice for my sister to see where she stands. She left her son with the father 8 years ago and he applied for pr he was granted this as she never turned up. She has suffered from mental health issues and has recently been involed with the mental health team she didnt go out the house for the whole 8 years she is asking for access to her son as she is alot better now the father is saying no where does she stand? Thanks

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. If the father refuses to grant her access, or refuses to attend mediation as a way of resolving the issue mutually, then your sister would have to apply to court for a C100 contact order. In the meantime she may wish to seek some legal advice and perhaps ask a solicitor to send a letter requesting mediation and if the father does not attend she will apply to take the matter further. If she cannot afford the legal fees of having representation, then she can self-litigate, which many non-resident parents are doing now legal aid has been more or less withdrawn.
ChildSupportLaws - 21-Jun-16 @ 12:54 PM
Im just looking for some advice for my sister to see where she stands. She left her son with the father 8 years ago and he applied for pr he was granted this as she never turned up. She has suffered from mental health issues and has recently been involed with the mental health team she didnt go out the house for the whole 8 years she is asking for access to her son as she is alot better now the father is saying no where does she stand? Thanks
rache - 20-Jun-16 @ 7:46 PM
Hello can any one help me please. I've been separated from my partner for 2 years. Recently he asked if he could have some extra time with our daughter. He has her every weekend. I agreed for him to bring her back to me on a Monday morining at 10 this happens fortnightly. 5 weeks into this I found out he has been collecting her from nursery at 1 instead of 6 every week.So I've now had to change my nursery contract to suit this. So I asked if I could have her back Monday mornings now due to the fact that he has every Friday from 1 to take her to swimming classess. He has said no and is trying to dictate to me what will happen on a Monday. I am her primary carer and feel helpless. I have asked to go to mediation. He then said I could have her at 8, but he lives 40mins away and I'd have to collect her. I've agreed to it even tho he claims mileage from cms. After agreeing I said that I still want to go to mediation so everything is set in stone for our divorce. He's now kicked off saying he's keeping her until 11 until we've been to mediation. Can he do this? I'm so confused on how I've enabled him more time with her and now he's blocking me from having her on a day that is rightfully mine? Please can someone help me
Laura - 9-Jun-16 @ 9:07 PM
Doormat - Your Question:
I'm my daughters Primary carer but my ex who has parental responsibility has taken my child and she's living with him despite a final court order stating he has her twice a week and every other weekend & I don't now how to enforce the order I'm missing my daughter

Our Response:
Any contact orders made after 2008 should include a standard warning notice at the bottom of the order warning the parties concerned of the consequences of failing to comply with the order. Therefore, I suggest you seek legal advice asap and perhaps ask a solicitor to write a letter outlining the terms of the order and what will happen if your ex does not comply with that order and warning that you will take the matter back to court to have the order enforced if he doesn't. Hopefully, your ex will return your child. If your ex does not return your child, then you will have to take the matter back to court. If you cannot afford legal advice, the Citizens Advice Bureau may help you compile a letter and if you cannot afford fees to take the matter to court you can self-litigate with the help of a McKenzie Friend, please see link hereand if you are on a low income you will be able to get your court fees reduced. I hope this helps.
ChildSupportLaws - 2-Jun-16 @ 11:37 AM
I'm my daughters Primary carer but my ex who has parental responsibility has taken my child and she's living with him despite a final court order stating he has her twice a week and every other weekend & I don't now how to enforce the order I'm missing my daughter
Doormat - 1-Jun-16 @ 3:09 PM
Rossacos - Your Question:
Hi I'm a dad of 3 and have been looking after our kids for the last 5 years doing everything for the kids and all cleaning and running the home so my wife could have her job which she loves, as she gets to travel and make over 80,000 a year Now she has said to me she has meet someone and dose not want me anymore so wants a divorce How do I stand I still want the kids as she leaves for work at 7 and gets home 19:30-20:00 sometimes later I said I'd have the kids Monday to Friday and she can have every weekend with them , we got the house in her name as she was the bread winner we have been together 13 years married 7 year the kids are 13, 4 and a half and 16 mouths After the last two kids she went back to work 6 weeks after having them leaving me to do the lot How do I stand with the house and the kids and what can I get off her so I can look after our kids Any help please

Our Response:
If you are considered the primary carer, then there is no reason why you should not look after your kids on a day-to-day basis. Your best option is to discuss this with your ex and try to sort the logistics out between you regarding who cares for your children and where you should live. If you cannot agree or wish to have some third party intervention then mediation may work for you, as the agreement will be overseen and authorised by the courts. Unfortunately, if your ex doesn't agree to you becoming the primary carer and you cannot agree through mediation, the last resort would be court.
ChildSupportLaws - 16-May-16 @ 10:27 AM
Despite previously writing a letter agreeing to change my daughters surname to my marital name the bio-father has now refused to sign anything (depol forms) where do I stand? Can I go to court over this? Can I get a full name change or would i only be I intitled to a double barrel? My daughter is 5 and has two step siblings with the potential of having a half sibling, expresses her want of a name change.
Jade - 16-May-16 @ 7:45 AM
Hi I'm a dad of 3 and have been looking after our kids for the last 5 years doing everything for the kids and all cleaning and running the home so my wife could have her job which she loves, as she gets to travel and make over 80,000 a year Now she has said to me she has meet someone and dose not want me anymore so wants a divorce How do I stand I still want the kids as she leaves for work at 7 and gets home 19:30-20:00 sometimes later I said I'd have the kids Monday to Friday and she can have every weekend with them , we got the house in her name as she was the bread winner we have been together 13 years married 7 year the kids are 13, 4 and a half and 16 mouths After the last two kids she went back to work 6 weeks after having them leaving me to do the lot How do I stand with the house and the kids and what can I get off her so I can look after our kids Any help please
Rossacos - 15-May-16 @ 9:57 AM
Clare- Your Question:
Hi, husband and I have been separated for 6 months. He has always seen our sons aged 14 & 15 but not overnight until recently. I have no objections to this. However our 15 year old is playing us off against each other by not sticking to the original days we agreed, 3 with his dad and 4 with me. He will pick and choose when he stays over depending on how he feels. If I have asked him to tidy his room or help with chores he will just ring his dad and leave. Can I legally enforce set days without his dad's agreement. He is of the opininion he can stay at his house whenever he chooses with no notice at all being given to me. Thank you.

Our Response:
I think this is something you would have to sort out between you and your ex (if you are on reasonable terms with him) or via mediation if you are not. As your son is older he will have more autonomy, which will invariably increase the older he gets. So rather than taking it through an official process, it may be better that you and your ex work together to set out the ground rules between you.
ChildSupportLaws - 12-May-16 @ 9:55 AM
Hi, husband and I have been separated for 6 months. He has always seen our sons aged 14 & 15 but not overnight until recently. I have no objections to this. However our 15 year old is playing us off against each other by not sticking to the original days we agreed, 3 with his dad and 4 with me. He will pick and choose when he stays over depending on how he feels. If I have asked him to tidy his room or help with chores he will just ring his dad and leave. Can I legally enforce set days without his dad's agreement. He is of the opininion he can stay at his house whenever he chooses with no notice at all being given to me. Thank you.
Clare - 11-May-16 @ 5:18 AM
mand - Your Question:
Hello , please can anyone advise me. I am currently going through a very difficult divorce and my ex partner is refusing contact after our children where originally living with me. He had contact and refused to bring our sons back. I have had to apply to the family courts and have been lasing with cafcass etc. I am unable to afford a solicitor and am having to self represent when attending court. My dv officer attends with me as my mckenzie friend. My question is what can I do or who can I speak to , in order to see my children ? This has and is soul destroying not being able to be a mum to my boys. Please if anyone can suggest anything I would be very thankful

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. As a rule you may be able to apply for an interim contact order which will allow you to have contact with your children until a full court hearing resolves the matter one way or another. What you will have to do is remind the court at a directions hearing of the length of time before the full hearing will occur. This can often be six months or longer, and it should be specified that this can be detrimental to your relationship with your children. In most instances, the court will allow some limited contact between you and your children, although it’s unlikely to be staying contact (allowing the children to stay overnight with you) if your ex objects. He might also demand supervised contact, and the court will generally accede. Prior to the hearing you should inform both the opposing solicitor and the court itself that your side will ask for interim contact and be asking for oral evidence. This will avoid any adjournment. If your children have previously lived with you before you were denied access this will help your case. I hope this helps.
ChildSupportLaws - 10-May-16 @ 11:59 AM
Hello , please can anyone advise me . I am currentlygoing through a very difficult divorce and my ex partner is refusing contact after our children where originallyliving with me . He had contact and refused to bring our sons back . I have had to apply to the family courts and have been lasing with cafcass etc . I am unable to afford a solicitorand am having to self represent when attending court . My dv officer attends with me as my mckenzie friend . My questionis what can I do or who can I speak to ,in order to see my children ?This has and is soul destroyingnot being able to be a mum to my boys . Please if anyone can suggest anythingI would be very thankful
mand - 9-May-16 @ 4:36 PM
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