Hello and thank you for responding so quickly. My ex (Robert) and I were never married. He is Grace's biological father (my youngest child, aged 9). Robert and I met when Eden (my adopted daughter, now aged 13) was 2. We became engaged when she was about 3 and from then she has called him Dad. We never got married and split up when I was about 3 months pregnant with Grace. He had no contact with either of the girls till Grace was 15 months old. Since then, we informally arranged visits with both girls from day visits to 1 night then 2 nights (every second weekend). This occurred over about a 2 year period. Eventually, we went to mediation and agreed on increasing the nights of care. Over another 2 years we gradually increased to 3 nights per fortnight and then to 4 nights per fortnight (for both girls). After another year or so, we agreed to increase care to 5 nights, then 6 then 7 per fortnight. Eden did not want to increase from the 4 day weekend every fortnight and her visits have remained so till now. There are no court orders. This is just an informal agreement.
thanks so much for answering me so quickly. I appreciate your response, even though I had hoped the law would be more supportive. I couldn't answer earlier because I was out with my daughter. Thanks again, your assistance is appreciated and I would be happy to use your service again if I needed to.
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