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My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
What is the actual pattern of midweek contact in terms of timing
What time do the little ones go to bed?
Why do they have to go back so early?
So in fact they no longer go home at 7am?
I thought you could keep them until 9 now?
Is it still possible - will your work still agree?
Excellent then you have taken all the steps that you need to take
If you still had to return at 7am then I would not be hopeful about the result - but if you can take them to school that will be better.
I suggest that you ask for Friday to Monday on alternate weeks plus the two nights a week and half of all the school holidays.
Your ex will no doubt talk about home work now the eldest is at secondary school - so be ready to address this point
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
No what you are asking for is not unreasonable - my only concern was the &am handover - which would have been fatal to the applictaion!
You have an excellent chance of success - but remember stay CHILD focussed at all times (it is very easy to be drawn into parental rights - you will stand out if you talk about the rights o fthe children!)
The courts are NOT interested in mud slinging - they are interested in the needs of the children - not the adults.
Your first appointment should be within a few weeks and before then you will have a phone call form CAFCASS to ascertain the position - so make sure you are reedy for the call and can clearly outline what you are seeking to achieve.
You can take someone into court with you as a Mackenzie friend - just to take notes.
CAFCASS will only become further involved if there are issues regarding the children's safety.
Arrange to collect the children at the end of the school/nursery day - then they can go to bed at their usual time
I am sure sometimes they don't want to leave you as well - this is normal
Good idea - having it written out is helpful.
Remember calm and child focussed
Friday to Monday alternate weeks plus one night a week is not bad - so keep it in mind