Thank you for your response.
I am so very sorry to hear this. Being a new parent is a hectic time without all the additional stress that you have been under.
In your circumstances, you are going to have too apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order so that the court can decide the arrangements for your daughter for the future.
It is the position of the courts that children have a right to a really good relationship with both of their parents as long a it is safe to do so.
The court will likely ask for a report from your GP in relation to your depression. The court can also consider the concerns that you have about the father and how he treated you.
The first thing you need to do is to refer to mediation. This is a prerequisite before you can apply to court. It is likely that given the written agreement that is in place that the mediator will say that this case needs to be heard by a court rather than mediation. The mediator will sign the form for you that you need to apply to court.
Google mediation in your area and give them a call and explain your case.
The court form is the C100. There is a court fee of £215 when you send the completed form to your local famil court by you may receive a remission or reduction dependant upon your circumstances.
You should be proud of yourself for engaging in the help you have received from your GP. The court will give you credit for this and it will go a long way in supporting your case.
It is also important that you receive help and support in relation to the police investigation and the assaults as these are going to test your resolve and you dont want your depression to dip again. You need to consider referring to a Domestic Violence Service. There will be a local service to you - google them.
Also if you ask your GP to refer you to such a service and also fill out this letter for you then you might be able to get legal aid depending on your income. Ask a local family solicitor to undertake a free legal aid assessment for you once your gp has completed the letter.
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