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Hi, thank you for your question. Given the concerns you have it is reasonable for you to restrict the contact arrangements and ensure that your son is appropriately cared for and not at risk. However, the child is entitled to a relationship with the father and if you wish to progress this I would suggest that you make a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist you both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the children's best interests. If mediation does not help, then you will be able to pursue an application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court for a child arrangement order and the court can make a decision regarding the matter. 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
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Your ex does indeed have Parental Responsibility for the child - but that does not give him the right to do things that place the child at risk
Given the history of his lack of care and his relationship with someone who has apparently been deemed a risk to his own chidlren you should offer contact at a local contact centre
If he refuses this then simply say that you are willing to discuss it with him at mediation if he wishes.
He will have to attend a mediation appointment if he wishes sto make an applictaion to the court for a Child Arrangement Order - and the court will only offer him what you have already offered so you have no cause to fear any court application
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