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Hi, thanks for your question. Just to clarify is your son the biological father of the child or not?
Thanks for confirming. As he is not the biological father he has no parental responsibility or automatic rights regarding the child. However, given that he has been involved in the child's life for two and a half years, he would be entitled to apply to court for an order and it will be for the court to decide whether this is in the child's best interests or not. As he does not have parental responsibility he would need to first apply for permission to proceed with an application for a child arrangement order, and thereafter if granted for the application to be dealt with by the court - these can be done using a form C100 and a £215 court fee and supporting application regarding the background of the matter.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you make a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist you both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the children's best interests. If mediation does not help, then you will be able to pursue an application to court as outlined above.
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