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My partner is polar and can be very difficult when she has

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my partner is bi polar and can be very difficult when she has her episodes. We have recently had a baby boy and had an argument over literally nothing as is the usual case. Now she has kicked me out of the house saying I can't see my child which is devastating and blocked me on everything all because I have a job and she's at home with the baby. What can I do in this situation because as a man I feel helpless.
Assistant: What steps has your partner taken? Has she filed any papers in family court?
Customer: None, this has literally just happened but is a common theme with her. My boy is only a month old but twice this has happened now.
Assistant: Family Court normally sits in a local County and Magistrates' Court. Do you know the location of the court? If not, what county does your partner live in?
Customer: We both live in Chorley, Lancashire
Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No thankyou

Hello, my name is ***** ***** I am a qualified lawyer happy to help you today.

You can apply for a child arrangements order if your ex does not let you see your child. You will need to contact a local family mediator first before applying and you can do that here: http://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk

The mediator will do an assessment which is usually around £30 and then recommend a few follow up sessions. They should be able to tell you if you qualify for legal aid.

Once you have done that, you need to fill out form C100 (a copy of which is attached) and send 3 copies to the local family court centre. There will be a hearing after you send that form in and a family court adviser will be there in attendance too (from CAFCASS).

The application costs £215 payable to HMCTS (by cheque or over the phone if you ring your local family court centre). You can get a fee exemption if you are on low income/have low savings. You would need to fill out a fee exemption form (http://www.gov.uk/get-help-with-court-fees)

The court will likely grant a child arrangements order if it would be in the child’s best interests. The courts encourage both parties to be involved in their child’s upbringing. Reasons why a court may refuse would be if there is a history of domestic violence or alcohol/substance abuse, or another reason why it would not be in the child’s best interests if a contact order were to be made.

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Kind regards,

Jim

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