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Harris, Family Law Expert
Category: Family Law
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Experience:  Family Law - Specialist in Divorce, Financial Relief and Children Matters
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My baby is 2 days old and I am no longer with the father. He

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My baby is 2 days old and I am no longer with the father. He wants what I consider a lot of contact-3 evenings a week and a full day at the weekend. I am really worried about this and feel obliged/bullied into giving him what he wants. How much contact should he have given the baby is so young?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Harris replied 9 months ago.

Hi, thank you for your question. The exact amount of time is not set in stone generally and would depend on the needs of the child in question. Given the baby is very young, it will depend on what his needs are, but unfortunately, a court will not deny a father fair and regular contact just because of the age, but will assess all factors and matters when deciding arrangements.

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 concerned
2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs
3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision
4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision
5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering
6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs
7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedings

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Expert:  Harris replied 9 months ago.

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