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Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.
I am very sorry to hear about your dilemma, but will do my best to provide you with advice and guidance on what to do next. It seems a logical step to ask for an ISW in place of a contact centre if there is no ability. However, to do so you are going to have to make an application to the court for the judge to make that order. You can apply on form C2.
This is something that should perhaps have been considered when the order was being made, but as it wasn't and no alternative was ordered by the judge, you have to apply for it to be added to the order.
The following is useful info to assist you with the site:
It's not a decision for CAFCASS - it is a decision for the judge.
You file the C2 to the same court you filed the C100 - contact them to ask if they are accepting applications by email (almost all family courts are). The fee is £215 (it might be £155 as it is within proceedings, but ask the court when you contact them).
You're very welcome.
Do you know how to find an ISW?
Just in case, you can find the independent SW directory here: https://www.basw.co.uk/independents-directory
Many of them will want to be instructed by a solicitor - they will not take an instruction from the client, so bear that in mind when searching for one.