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my and my ex partner split during pregnancy. i know she will be awkward with contact so i want joint custody, do you think ill be wasting my time whats your advice please?
How old is the child now or yet unborn?
What contact do you have at the moment if any?
Is she working? Are you?
hes 2 weeks old. theres no agreed contact yet its just when convenient with her , the mum. shes part time working and i work full time. recently changed jobs for more convenient hours for babys sake.
she has another child by another man who she has full custody of. this case the dad has took her to court for a contact ordr not joint custody.
Would you want joint custody now or at some stage in the future?
A court isunlikely to award it to you now, and would only award joint custody to you inthe future if you had already had a major part in the child's life.
Youshould try to resolve matters using family mediation http://www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk/find-service.php
Althoughit is quicker and less confrontational than court it isnt necessarily cheaper
If she attempts to stop contact then you need to try anddiscuss matters with her using. If this fails then you can apply to the courtfor a defined contact order which will formalise arrangements.The necessary forms are available on the herehttp://www.thecustodyminefield.com/
Contact ordershave a warning in whereby if she does not comply with the order, you can make afurther application to court and she can be given a criminal conviction whichcan include community service.
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