The child involved is 10 yrs old and currently lives with her mother. She has spent the last 3 weeks with her father as per contact order. She was due to be returned to us today, however, the father is now refusing to bring her back saying he intends to bring her to a scheduled court hearing tomorrow in order that she may speak directly to the court. The father intends to represent himself and has spent the last three weeks emotionally manipulating the child in preparation for tomorrows hearing.
The hearing is to vary 3 clauses in an existing court order regarding the following:
Removal of clause prohibiting the mother from referring the father to CSA/CMEC in the absence of maintenance payments
removal of clause regarding mid term contact weekend (agreed by the father)
Removal of clauses restricting the ability of mothers new boyfriend (me) from being left in sole charge of the daughter
Cafcass has spoken to the mother and father in preparation for tomorrows hearing.
Essentially the mother does not wish for her daughter to be put through attending and speaking at court. There is no objection to Cafcass talking to the daughter.
Thanks for your help