UK Family Law
UK Family Law Questions Answered by Verified Experts
Are you named as the father on the child's birth certificate?
Thanks for your replyYou have parental responsibility which means that you can make an application to Court for a s8 Children Act 1989 for a contact order in order to formalise your seeing the child if necessary. Disputes over the amount of child support are not a sufficient reason for the resident parent to cease previously agreed/practiced contact. The allegations of harassment could complicate and potentially delay proceedings however.
If you consider that a formal letter from you requesting contact is not going to get you anywhere then you will have to see a local family solicitor about writing to your ex-partner to start a dialogue on her position as to contact. This would be fairly cheap (eg. £40+ Vat) and would explain that you are entitled to contact and shall make an application to Court for a contact order if they are unwilling to agree to contact and/or mediation.
With regard to mediation you can contact www.resolution.org.uk for mediators in your area.If your ex-partner is not amenable to any of the above then you have no option but to apply for a contact order. You can do this yourself or, preferably, instruct a solicitor on his behalf. Lots of info for laypersons considering making such an application here:-http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Lookingafterchildrenifyoudivorceorseparate/Childrendivorceseparationandcourts/DG_192819
A County Court is able to make a court order defining the extent of your contact with the child. During proceedings (if it gets that far) CAFFCASS will also be involved to report on the state of the child's residence and care.
If this has been useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. If you do not click accept your money stays with the site and I do not receive any credit for the time I have taken to answer your question. I will answer your follow up questions you may have. Kind regards,Tom
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).