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He cannot force you to talk but you have to work out something because if there are issues with the child you both have to work together.
He cannot force you to speak to his new girlfriend.
What you have done is correct. It is you and him that have to make the decisions.
Do you have orders or just an agreement between you. Have you considered having mediation?
I have always said that we ought to be able to draw up a Parenting Agreement without the need to apply for Consent Orders or Court Orders. He is adamant that he wants a Court Order. He has therefore instigated mediation sessions which are required before an application for Parenting Orders can be submitted. Our first joint mediation session was held this week, during which my husband's focus was on lecturing me about not being friends with his girlfriend. I tried to keep the session on track, the mediator also told him that we are there to agree on care arrangements and to move on from the 'talking to the girlfriend' subject. However, the next day, he made a lengthy nasty phone call to me still with this one purpose. Yes I understand that in an ideal world everybody would be 'friends', but all I want is for him to get on with his life and have a happy time when he is with our daughter, and for him to accept that I have the right to choose not to have regular friendly chats with his girlfriend. We have managed to make progress and agree on several points in the care of our daughter, with a few more still to be resolved. However he still lectures me that "when I take this to court, you're going to get a shock when the judge tells you that I'm right and you have to do what I want in relation to my girlfriend.
Yes your answer confirms what my common sense told me was the case. However he has gone on and on about this so long that one begins to have a niggle of doubt, never having been involved in any court actions before.
You have put my mind at rest, Thank you.
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