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.
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