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Good afternoon. Thank you for your contact. I sm sorry to hear of your family member's plight. He has a very challenging situation and your understanding is quite accurate. With his own children and if the mother does not oppose and he has not reoffended or committed other offences in a while he could apply to have unsupervised contact, it is not a guaranteed never in all circumstances, it will be considered and Cafcass will also be involved and if they form the view that he is able to try they will give thr recommendation.
Yes it is worth trying to get the court transcript for his trial and the sentencing but it has been a long time you are right he may not get anything on record.
Again on PR if the mother does not dispute that he is the father it is not accurate to say he will never get PR, he just needs to present his case as best as possible to show rehabilitation and that he is on the straight and narrow now and genuinely wants to be a parent to his children.
At the DRA yes he can propose current partner being of assistance however like you say if the children's parents oppose it it may not be accepted.
Bot***** *****ne is he must have a very good witness statement and provide as much evidence as he can of the change in character and what he understands about having PR and commitment to his children, it will be for the judge to exercise their discretion and what is in the children's best interests will prevail. Any clarification please do not hesitate to send your follow up question. All the best
Hi, a position statement would be good and his current wife can also do a supporting witness statement. If he has not had the supervised contact for a significant period I would not recommend rushing applying for variation of the order as sufficient time under supervision will also give Cafcass a good view of how he is with and around his children. They will ask for how many rooms he has as they would not sanction any arrangements that would result in overcrowding and as such they will want to start looking at how it would work practically with the children's ages and sexes but he should not read too much into this request as ir is quite early days. 1 hour for the DRA is quite long, so used wisely they will be fine.
The DRA is pre final hearing and its for parties to try and resolve issues amicably to avoid the final hearing.
Sentence lengths for what in particular please? If purely criminal it may be best to log that element separately so that two areas of law are not intermingled on the one thread- for ease of reference.