UK Family Law
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Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
How old is the child and how long have the parents been separated
How long have you and your partner been together.?
Could your partner continue to have the child overnight at his parents for the next two months or so?
Both parents have EQUAL parental responsibility for a child and neither is entitled to simply dictate arrangements.
If they cannot agree using Family mediation
then either can apply to the court for a Judge to decide what is best for the child.
In your current situation the fact that your relationship is too new might persuade a court to favour her view - but given another two months that could easily change.
So he can go into the negotiations knowing she cannot dictate - but also taking account of the likely court outcome and negotiating accordingly
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
It would be wise not to ignore it - instead he should write back and say whilst he will respect it for now the matter has to be discussed at mediation