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Hi, thank you for your question. Are they in England or Wales?
Thanks for confirming. The child will have a right to a relationship with both parents and this can only be reasonably restricted if there are child protection concerns. Upon the birth of the child, if she refuses to agree to arrangements then I would suggest that he makes a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist them both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the child's best interests. If mediation does not help, then he will be able to pursue an application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court for a child arrangement order and the court can make a decision regarding the matter. For your information the Court will take into consideration the following when making a decision regarding the application:1.The wishes and feelings of the child concerned2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedingsIf you have any further questions regarding this please let me know. In the meantime if you found this information helpful please provide a positive rating using the stars at the top of this page. I will not be credited for answering your question without a positive rating. Thank you
Yes, that is correct. If you have any questions when the baby is born you can ask for me directly by starting your question For Harris
Just to add to the above in fact there is no reason why mediation cannot happen prior to the birth - in the last two months so that a court application can be made promptly if necessary.
Your son also needs to be realistic about what he requests.
Whilst the baby is tiny little and often is better - so an hour twice a week and building from there
If he does not wish to see the child in the home of his ex then a local contact centre on a Saturday would be a better bet