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Hi, I'm Lea
I believe I assisted you with a previous query.
Can you explain more about what you need assistance with please?
The mother's course of action if she disagrees with the report is to put her issues with it into a statement for court. If the order has not yet permitted that she file another statement, she will have to wait for the next hearing as she can ask the court to put it in the order that she wishes to file a response.
From your point of view, if the report is favourable to you (your husband), you'd probably hope for the next hearing to be used as a final hearing and for decisions to be made. In which case I would suggest you prepare a position statement, stating that you agree with the recommendations and are seeking the court to make an order in those terms.
The likelihood is, however, that since the mother is in disagreement with the report, that the matter will be listed for a final contested hearing, and each of you will be asked to file witness statements in response to the report and asked to put forward your proposals for the child.
Does that help?
I presume you mean that CAFCASS have recommended to the court that the child be appointed a guardian? If yes, then the next hearing won't be used as a final hearing (it'll be currently listed as a DRA - dispute resolution appointment), as the child will need to meet with the guardian, and the guardian will instruct a solicitor for the child if it is deemed necessary. If, on the other hand, you just mean that the CAFCASS officer won't be there to present the report, then yes, there will be a further hearing as each party has the right to question the officer on the content of the report if they disagree with it.
Does that clarify?
As above, a position statement for the DRA will be sufficient.
The child will meet with the guardian and the guardian will instruct a solicitor for her if the guardian deems that necessary. The discussions between the child and guardian will be confidential. The child will effectively be a party to the case and her solicitor will attend the hearing to put forward her case for her.
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