Thank you for your response.
I am sorry to hear that the mother is being difficult.
What you need to know is that it is the position of the courts that children are entitled a really good relationship with both of their parents and that this should prevail as long as there are no child protection concerns, which you have confirmed that there are not.
Basically, the court sees the parents as equals.
If there are no child protection concerns, and this is a family festival that the children will enjoy then the mother should allow them to go. If the mother wont agree and provide you with a valid reason then you need to consider applying to court for a child arrangements order to set out the time that the children spend with you and also for the court to consider the break.
It is the position of the courts that children will enjoy holidays and should not be unduly denied the opportunity of such breaks without good reason.
Mediation should also be considered. This is actually a prerequisite before you can apply to court. Mediation is independent and a way of reaching agreement without the need for court. There are lots of family mediation services and there will be one local to you. Google family mediation in your area and give them a call to self refer.
If mediation cannot reach agreement then the mediator will sign the form so that you can apply to court. The court form is the C100 form and the court fee is £215 although you may be eligible for a reduction or waiver depending upon your means.
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