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Hi, thanks for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-What has instigated this?
-Is there a court order in place at the moment, if so what are the terms?
Thanks - how old are the children and what have the arrangements been to date and how long have they been taking place for?
How long has this arrangement been taking place for?
Is she planning on going abroad with them as 6-8 weeks of suspension is quite some time.
Thanks for confirming. Firstly, from what you have said she has no grounds to restrict the arrangements in this way. The children have a right to a continued relationship with both of you which can only be reasonably restricted if there are child protection concerns or if it is in the children's best interests and you have not indicated that either is the case. Given that the arrangements have been happening for quite some time, the children would have been in an obvious routine and ending this is against their best interests, however as there is no court order in place there is nothing you can enforce immediately.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you first right to her explaining that her cancellation of the agreed arrangements is against the children's best interests and put her on notice that you will be pursuing your legal options (if this is the case of course). If she does not return to the arrangements you should 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