How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Thomas Your Own Question
Thomas, Solicitor
Category: UK Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 7430
Experience:  BA (Hons), PgDip, Practising Solicitor
Type Your UK Family Law Question Here...
Thomas is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I am denied access to my 8 months old son by my estranged partner.

Resolved Question:

I am denied access to my 8 months old son by my estranged partner. I have not seen my son for 6 weeks and she took him away when he was only 8 weeks old. What can I do to see my spon. She has gone to CSA and I have been paying Child Maintenance.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Family Law
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.


Are you named as the father on the child's birth certificate?

Kind regards


Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Expert:  Thomas replied 5 years ago.



Thanks for your reply

You 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 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:-

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,


Thomas and other UK Family Law Specialists are ready to help you

Related UK Family Law Questions