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As a separated father of 2 children (17 & 14), can my ex partner

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As a separated father of 2 children (17 & 14), can my ex partner insist that I care for the children for any given periods (such as every other weekend, or every Wednesday, for example).
The children live with their mother.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Nicola-mod replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
What contact do you and the children want to have?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

We want to have continued regular contact.

I live only a few hundred yards from the children, so was in daily contact, until my "ex" (Sarah) began a new relationship in March, since when I have not had so much contact with the children, only because I feel a bit awkward seeing Sarah so often in view of her new relationship.

Sarah has asked me to look after the children more often, so that she is more able to continue in her new relationship.

Everything is very amicable etc etc., but she did say that she'd rather not have to go to law to oblige me to have care of the children more often. That got me wondering if, indeed, I can be forced by law to care for the children periodically?

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
In fact no she cannot force you to have the children more often than you or they wish.
Indeed the Court are no longer involved at all so far as the 17 year old is concerned - and it is the wishes of the 14 year old that would determine what contact that child has
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thanks Claire

That's very helpful

Peter

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
You are most welcome I hope all goes well
Clare
Clare, Family Solicitor
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 34106
Experience: I have been a solicitor in High Street Practise since 1985 and have specialised in Family Law for the last 10 years
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