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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are you the father?
-What involvement do you have in his life and how often do you see him?
Thanks for confirming. Despite your non-involvement since birth, the child has a right to a relationship with you which can only be reasonably restricted by the mother if there are welfare or child protection concerns.
In the circumstances 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 child'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 proceedings
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I see, apologies for the confusion. Are/were you married to the mother?
My name is ***** ***** I have been a family lawyer for more than 30 years.
Whether or not you are married the answer is the same
You and the mother can attend the Registrar and re-register the birth of the child.
Please ask if you need further details
Thank you. You will therefore need to complete this form: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-to-re-register-a-childs-birth-and-add-the-natural-fathers-details
Then arrange an appointment at your registry office to re-register there birth and change the surname to yours.
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