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Thank you for your question
My name is Clare
I shall do my best to help you but I need some further information first
How long has she lived with her father?
Is her father named on her birth certificate?
Why did she start to live with her father rather than you?
So you have a home and the child could go to school if she lives with you - whilst your ex will not let her go to school - is that correct?
Given all of that you can apply to the court for an Order that the child lives with you and attends school - and spends alternate weekends and half of all school holidays with her father
The starting point is for you to attend a Mediation Information and Assessment meeting with a Family mediator
Legal Aid is still available for mediation
When mediation fails you can then apply to the court for a Child Arrangement Order using a form C100 available online - you may be eligible for a reduction in the £215 Court Fee - you would need to use the form EX160 (also available online)
I hope that this is of assistance - please ask if you need further details