Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are there any court orders in place, if so what?
-What have the arrangements been to date and when did he last see the children?
-Is he named on the birth certificate?
Thanks for confirming. Despite his irregular contact he has parental responsibility by being named on the birth certificate and this entitles him to be consulted and informed of major decisions regarding the children's upbringing.
In relation to contact arrangements, the children have a right to a relationship with him however, it is not in their interests for this to be at his demands and there should be a regular and consistent arrangement whereby they are able to develop their relationship. The mother would be best advised to attempt to agree a formal arrangement and if there are child protection or welfare concerns she is entitled to prevent any contact arrangements.
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