Hi, as far as I know he is unrepresented. Although, it appears he has asked for legal advice from 2 different solicitors (his letter to the court shows he has had 2 free half an hour sessions) and it is based on this advice that he has made his further application to the court.
Regarding the nativity play - whilst I accept that he is entitled to information about this, to my knowledge he has not yet asked anyone, either myself or the nursery about it. If he asks then he will be informed of the date and time - surely this is enough? Each family is allowed 3 tickets and I have only bought 2 of them - again he just needs to ask nursery and buy a ticket.
As for the contact that I have offered with a view to moving on - I have already put my thoughts into a statement which I was asked to submit to court as part of the court bundle for the final hearing. I suggested that contact move to a contact centre closer to mine and the boys home town (I have already found and made enquiries at this contact centre). I also asked that contact be made fortnightly in order to allow myself and the boys to have quality time which is lacking in the current arrangement as I work full time. This particular contact centre offers sessions where a named key worker is available to facilitate hand-overs and for contact to go out of the contact centre. The centre runs sessions between 10.00am and 2.00pm, although the centre manager did say she could possibly extend this to 3.00pm for a hand-over - as I asked about this some time ago I need to contact the centre again and check if places will be available in January. It doesn't help the situation of trying to move contact on when my ex-partner does not work, nor have a car and lives 50 miles away.
Further to this, in his letter to the court requesting a further directions hearing asap, my ex-partner is also asking that the cross-application I made in January 2014 be dismissed on the grounds that he was found not guilty of assault against myself and that previous hearings in the family courts dealt with the issues surrounding his two previous abductions of our eldest son and all police involvement concerning previous incidents of assault against me (dating back to 2011) . Basically, that it has become his word against mine and, apart from the assault in December 2013, no criminal proceedings or prosecutions could be brought about due to a lack of evidence. I think it is extremely unfair if the judge allows this given that the only reason my application was a cross-application was because my ex-partner managed to get his application into the court before I did. Also, just because he was found not guilty of assault, I was told by the court that it was down to the three judges not being 100% certain that he should be found guilty, then it doesn't mean that it didn't happen - the police and the CPS were satisfied that there was enough evidence and a case to answer to submit it to the criminal courts. As I was a witness in this case, along with my teenage daughter, am I entitled to see the ruling and reasons for the decision? And if so, who do I ask to get this from? Unfortunately, our eldest son was not allowed to give any evidence by the CPS as I was told he was too young, yet during his counselling sessions after the trial he recounted, in his own words, what happened during the assault.