Hi, thanks for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-How old is your daughter?
-What are her reasons to want to stop the overnight sessions?
Thanks for confirming. Firstly, your daughter has a right to a continued relationship with both of you which can only be reasonably restricted if there are child protection concerns. Furthermore, it is usual for a child to have two homes in the event of parents separating and this is something that the mother will need to understand. As the arrangement has been going on for 20 months, it appears to be an established routine and the mother will unlikely have grounds to change the routine unless it is no longer in your daughter's interests.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you firstly write a letter to her explaining what is in your daughter's best interests and ensure it focuses only on your daughter you can also suggest making 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
I hope it goes well. If you have any questions in the future you can ask for me directly by starting your question For Harris