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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are you both in England or Wales?
-Is there a court order in place regarding the current arrangements?
-Has he been adhering fully to the current arrangements?
Thank you for confirming. As the father has a new child, your son has a right to sibling contact, and unfortunately, this may result in an increase to the arrangements to spend time with his father. The current arrangements do seem reasonable and it would be useful to know what increase he has requested as a court will only agree to an increase in contact if it is in your son's best interests, especially if they have been stable for the last few years.
I would therefore suggest that you consider reverting to mediation to see what his proposals are as it may not be helpful going back to court as it may be likely that the court will consider an increase to contact especially as your son gets older.
For your information the Court will take into consideration the following when making a decision regarding the application:1.The wishes and feelings of the child concerned2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedingsIf you have any further questions regarding this please let me know. In the meantime if you found this information helpful please provide a positive rating using the stars at the top of this page. I will not be credited for answering your question without a positive rating. Thank you