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I'm happy to see what I can do - can you explain a little more about the situation please?
Which court is the case being heard in, in the UK?
Do you have a copy of the enforcement order? Thank you
OK. I'll help as best I can with advice and guidance, but you will most likely need to make an application to have contact re-instated if it is going to be withheld now.
What was the 'arrangement' in the child arrangements order? How old are the children?
Is there a further court date in the UK listed?
As you removed them without permission and in contravention of the court order there will be some backlash I'm afraid.
You will have to demonstrate that this is not going to be a risk again.
What contact did you each have ordered prior to you removing the children and when did you go to NI?
OK, so shared care effectively.
If the court has not made an order altering the child arrangements order, just enforcing it, in theory things could return to the previous arrangement. But if the other parent makes the case for a real danger of you doing this again, then your contact may be limited certainly for the short term.
Unless there is a change in circumstances, the court would not necessarily grant you more 'lives with' time than you had previously.
Have you considered whether you can engage a mediator as soon as you bring the children back to agree some temporary arrangements?
OK. You may qualify for legal aid for both mediation and court. A mediator will be able to go through an application with you.
If you have further questions, you can always come back to me - but bear in mind this is an email service and not live chat so you may not get an instant reply.
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I can speak to you but there is a charge for the telephone call - I'm sorry about that. You can request a call through the call me link in the thread. But it may actually be more helpful to you if we speak when you know what the response is when you return to London with the children and find what the agreement/ lack of agreement actually is.
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But if you have specific questions you want to ask the thread remains open and I'll always do my best to come back to you.
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