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Over 8 years ago I was convicted of running a brothel and using

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Over 8 years ago I was convicted of running a brothel and using a 14 year old as a prostitute. I served 5 years in prison, maintaining my innocence throughout, with a further 3 years on licence. I had an indefinite s.o.p.o.made against me. I have been involved with a new partner for the last 18 months who has a 12 year old son. I made her aware of my conviction and we both knew the complications it could possibly have. He lives with his father. This however has reached a point where my partner has been suffering from depression for 9 months because she does not have the freedom she had hoped with contact with her son, and the police look like they will do all in there power to prevent things from progressing with contact. What can be done about this, where are our human rights and right to a family life.

Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Thank you for your question.
My name is Clare
I will do my best to help you but I need some further information first.
What contact does she have at the moment?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My partner, Angela, travels to Leeds from N York to spend the day with him or sometimes takes him to relatives to spend overnight with him. Her family and more importantly her ex husband do not know my situation.
Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
So why is her contact so limited - who decides what contact there should be?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She would like him to be able to come and stay with us, but my sopo disqualifies me from having unsupervised contact or staying in the same house with an underage child. Angela would be there but I don't think that is sufficient to satisfy the powers that be. Angela has no limitations on her access to her son, only what is caused by my situation.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She would like him to be able to come and stay with us, but my sopo disqualifies me from having unsupervised contact or staying in the same house with an underage child. Angela would be there but I don't think that is sufficient to satisfy the powers that be. Angela has no limitations on her access to her son, only what is caused by my situation.

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
Have you considered her having overnight contact with you staying elsewhere?
Clare
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

We do not want a convenient option, we are looking for a permanent solution to this. Can we challenge this order on the grounds that we cannot have a normal family life and therefore infringing our Human Rights. I have recently heard that they are actually repealing these orders, Do you know if there is any truth in this?

Expert:  Clare replied 2 years ago.
Hi
There is no point in my not being blunt about the situation you are in I am afraid
even if the SOPO was removed there is still no question of your partner being allowed to have staying contact with you in the house until the child is 16 as that is a basic Child Protection safe guarding issue.
However of course if it is lifted ( and you can ask for a review) then once the child is 16 all would be well.
I am afraid that given your conviction there is no human rights ground that could be argued
I am sorry not to give better news - please ask if you need further details
Clare

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