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Happy to assist. You will ultimately need a court order, setting out the contact that you have.
Mediation has to be the first point of call as it is a legal requirement prior to issuing an application in the family court.
The process is started by booking a mediation assessment appointment - see here for a link to find your local mediator:
http://www.nfm.org.uk/. Assessments are usually around £30-£40, and the mediator will advise as to how many sessions might be required.
Following that, if the mediation does not succeed in a successful resolution, you can apply to the family court for a child arrangements order, setting out the living arrangements and contact arrangements that you would like to see.
This is on form c100:
You send 3 copies of this form to the local family court centre. There will be a court hearing after you send the form in and a family court adviser will be there in attendance too (from CAFCASS).
The application costs £215.00, and you can represent yourself so you don't need to engage a lawyer. You can possibly 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)
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