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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are/were you married to each other?
-Are you named on the birth certificate?
-What have the arrangements been to date and for how long?
-Are there any court orders in place, if so what?
Thanks for confirming. Given the concerns are being investigated by the safeguarding team it may be helpful to wait for them to undertake their checks and report back before you take any action.
If you are not happy with arrangements, 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 proceedingsI hope this assists you. 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 your question without a positive rating. Thank you,
Apologies for the delay. There is nothing legally stopping you from attending the school to collect her given you have parental responsibility and there are no court orders, although if there are no prior arrangements this may come as a shock to your daughter and the teachers.
Child tax credit will be with the person who is considered main carer and who receives child benefit. Generally it is for the parent whom the child stays with the most and the parent that deals with the day to day needs of the child.
If she does not continue with the verbal agreement I would suggest you follow the steps outlined above (firstly a referral to mediation, and if mediation does not assist for you to apply to court for a child arrangement order).
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You can apply for a prohibited steps order to stop him coming near her but I would suggest you attempt to focus on a child arrangement order for who she lives with. Once either application is submitted a CAFCASS officer will run background checks on both you and the mother, as well as her partner and interview you both and make recommendations to the court.
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