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You will need to contact a local family mediator and have an initial consultation. You are required to do this before making any court application. You can find a list of mediators here:-
They will be able to tell you if mediation is suitable or not and provide the relevant form if it is not suitable to allow you to make an application to the court.
The court form you would need would be C100 enclosing the mediator form and paying the court fee. More information can be found here:-
It wont necessarily help your case at this stage but is an indication that this could be contentious. If the mother does not engage in proceedings or comply with court orders then the court can make orders against her.
You will need to be careful in light of your conviction, so i advise you contact a mediator and explain the case briefly to them. They may say mediation is not suitable and provide you with the completed MIAM form you need to submit with your application.
You can lodge the application yourself and do not need legal representation. You may want to instruct someone once a hearing has been listed.
I can understand it is a very difficult time however the only recourse you have is the steps advised. Locating and contacting a mediator will not take that long to undertake the MIAM, the sooner you do that the sooner you can get your application filed with the court as thats where this matter will need to be settled.
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