I have a 6 month old baby and wish to gain a residence order. His father and I are splitting up, I have concerns over care of the baby whilst with his father. He is bipolar and I have not left him with the baby for any significant time as a result of several incidences which have upset the baby and myself such as forced bottle feeding by the father -where do I stand ?
System of Law: England-and-Wales
Father is seeing Gp but not specialist as yet
Hiis the father likely to contest residence?Claire
Hard to say. He will probably accept baby needs me majority of time but may think he should have him through the weekends which would be unacceptable for meI should also have said he is regretfully on the birth certificate, I had concerns as early as 3 weeks old but was in quite a vulnerable situation myself where I could not realistically refuse to have him on the certificate at the time
HiWhat contact are you prepared to agree?Claire
Id be prepared to take baby to visit him/Visiting baby in home for a couple of hours a week
HiThe starting point is that you and your ex have to try and reach agreement on residence and contact and you will at least need to try and resolve this using Family mediation (www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk) before any court application can be made.If this fails then you can apply to the local County Court for a Residence order and a defined contact order using form C100 available here http://www.thecustodyminefield.com/CourtForms/C100.pdf and paying the fee of £200.It is unlikely that the court will see contact supervised by you as acceptable and it could be sensible to offer contact at a local contact centre (www.naccc.org.uk)Claire
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