The latest order was made on Tuesday this week. He does not accept my son's opinion/view.
Yes, this was a final hearing. I produced a note from my son asking for contact to remain as it had been, addressed to the judge. I know that CAFCASS sometimes use this method to get children to express their feelings and asked my son to put in writing what he had told me. I did not produce anything from school. My ex husband did not produce any letters from school. Hope this helps.
Hi I am struggling to answer this one as the hearing was with magistrates and when ex and I were called back in, the lead magistrate read out the order which I do not have yet as a hard copy. Broadly, it was about both parties working together for the child. Yesterday evening, my ex rang to speak to our 11 year old and he (the child) explained that he did not want staying contact and he did not want to spend Christmas away from this home. His father reminded him that there was a court order but my son kept going and then said goodnight.
It was meant start yesterday at lunch time and then be over this weekend.
Apologies for the delay in replying. My son feels that seeing his Dad for most of the day over the weekend is enough for him. His Dad lives with his parents and my son does not like being there generally and is always relieved to come back. Grandma has dementia and my son does not feel close to his Grandfather. Dad lives 8 miles away in a town that my son does not really know where he has no friends of his age. He prefers to see Dad for the time he has currently been doing and spend more time with friends locally. Also my son sees being in his own home as being with his family especially with his older brother. He likes the family activities we do ie games, live music (both children perform in a local drama and music group) , lively discussions. Saturday night is always family film night and there are often guests to dinner. He has told me that these are things he looks forward to and his current contact is at the balance that suits him right now.
Thanks for coming back to me and for your honesty. I am not sure how I would access a family mediator. Can you help me with that?
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