I was surprised to see that my response to this question has not reached you! Can I ask where you are located as the time difference seems huge and I thought I was dealing with a UK based expert?
To answer your question again, my daughter is 8 years old but is around 2 years behind her peer group and has special learning needs. Her brother is just 2 and they are very close. My mother lives in North Devon while we live in Bristol. My mother moved their when she married her husband (not my father) when I was 14 years old. I have always lived with mt grandparents and until now my mother always seen my children during her visits to Bristol.
1st May in north Devon.
My mother lives in Devon but we live in Bristol. We received the letter from the my mother's Solicitors with forms C100, C2, C6 and C7. We understand the forms are permission to make an pllication for a Contact Order.
We have requested of the Court that this hearing be transferred to Bristol as we cannot afford the trip to Devon or sort out childcare for the children, one who is at school the other being just 2.
Does her husband have any access to our children legally or otheriwise?
Your response has been helpful and given a little reassurance about the way to approach this.
Can you clarify if my mother's husband has any legal rights or other that will make us hand our children over to him? He is controlling and caused terrible problems with his own family in the past.
My mother cannot drive so he would have to collect the children from Bristol if a Contact Order were awarded and we do not want him to see our children.
They live in a one bedroom flat in Ilfracombe so quite where our daughter is expected to sleep if she were forced to visit them goodness only knows! Thank you for your time but a response to this would be a massive weight off our shoulders!
The same as she has with my Mother, infrequent!
He is not my stepfather by law and has never provided for me even as a child. When they married almost 20 years ago my mother moved away and she has never maintained much of a relationship with me. Until recently she would phone my wife and never ask to speak with me, even if answered the phone, she would say 'is kerry there' without so much as a 'how are you'. She is incredibly selfish and we have tolerated her behaviour for years due to her illness but she has gone too far this time and it is now affecting our family life and that of our children.
very complex but the most pressing is end stage renal failure! Two of her sisters went through tests last year to try and be 'live doners' but neither could give.
She has a stoma bag and colostomy. When I was 9 she had cervical cancer. She survived the cancer but the treatment caused severe damage to many of her internal organs.
Thank you for your advice. It is a shame it has come to this but we have to protect our children and our family unit going forward so seeking your advice has given us reassurance that our reasons are not unreasonable for not allowing unsupervised access to both our children.