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Hi, thank you for your question. Firstly, parental responsibility would entitle him to be involved in her upbringing and major decision making, but does not impact contact rights. In relation to contact, the child has a right to a relationship with her father, and this can only be reasonably restricted if there are welfare or child protection concerns, and from the information you have provided there very may well be due to the alcohol issues and him not demonstrating consistent commitment to contact - therefore you would be within your rights to prevent contact if there remain concerns about his alcohol use and mental health issues which would impact any care he provides your daughter.
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My colleague has given you sound advice about the relevance of Parental Responsibility however
the law says that a child is entitled to contact with both parents and the Courts will try and achieve this if possible.
Instead of simply stopping contact you should offer contact at a local Child contact centre on a fortnightly basis.
This will give independent evidence of any lack of commitment and any alcohol abuse.
Thank you for the further information. It is important and in the best interest for your daughter that there is a consistent and regular arrangement and due to the concerns you have raised, if he is not agreeable to proposals for supervision that you are making then you have reasonable grounds not to agree to him having contact until he is willing to agree to this.
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