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Why doesn't he justcarry on and get the order for contact regardless of what she agrees in theinterim?
A resident parent will not be able to avoid a non-resident parent seeingthe child and if the resident parent refuses point-blank, the matter will endup in court. The resident parent would be better offering some contact. Theyshould both try to resolve matters using family mediation http://www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk/find-service.php
Although it is quicker and lessconfrontational than court it isnt necessarily cheaper
If thisfails then the non-resident parent being denied contact can then apply to thecourt for a defined contact order which will formalise arrangements.The necessary forms are available on the herehttp://www.thecustodyminefield.com/ .
The only reason acourt will order supervised contact is if the child is at risk for some reason.Contact supervised by the mother/with mother present doesn't get ordered.
If the court consider it necessarysupervised contact would be at a contact centre.
Once there is acontact order in place, if she still starts messing about with contact, he canapply to court to enforce the order and if she still refuses she can end upwith a criminal record and a community service order.
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Thank you for coming back to me.Your advice has been very helpful i am printing it off now and will give it to my partner tonight.On your first point about not carrying on with the contact order he just wants to resolve it without other people getting involved he doesnt understand why he cant see his daughter and why his x partner is able to dictate this he is a good dad pays maitenance but she just wont allow it.He has only ever gone to a solicitor as a last resort and has been told that it could take a couple of months before he sees his daughter so when after a couple of weeks his x partner says she can see her he jumps at the chance which i would myself being a parent. i really appreciate your help.
Unfortunately,if he doesn't want anyone else involved, and she takes no notice of him, shecan continue to walk all over him as indeed she has been doing. He cannot beather with a stick until she allows contact and therefore, unless he is doing ithimself, he is faced with mediation or, if she will not agree to that, going tocourt.
Hisex-partner is not able to dictate this and if she carries on as she is doing,she will end up in court.
The problemis that he sees a solicitor, she agrees, he drops the solicitor. She withdrawscontact. He is back to square one. He needs to see a solicitor and see theprocess through to the end. If he doesn't, he will still be in this situationwhen the child leaves school.
He needs toget what she agrees set down into a court order.
It isunfortunate that by virtue of him being reasonable, she is taking advantage
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