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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Are there any court orders in place regarding your partner's child, if so what are the terms?
-Are social services involved, if so what is their level of involvement?
-Do you and your partner live in the same property?
-What are the arrangements (eg. how often and for how long) does he see the child?
Thanks for confirming. Unfortunately your partner is in a difficult position, as the mother will have reasonable grounds to state that there may be a risk to the child if you are there - I appreciate that this may not be the case but unless there has been a formal risk assessment, the mother will likely continue to state this.
The father will need something formal in place regarding the arrangements, and the child will need a routine as it is not in the child's interests for the arrangements to keep changing.
In the circumstances I would suggest that he makes a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist them both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the child's best interests. If mediation does not help, then he will be able to pursue an application to court under Form C100 together with a £215 court fee to your local family court for a child arrangement order and the court can make a decision regarding the matter - an independent CAFCASS officer will be allocated to assess background of both of them as well as you to see if there are any risks to the child. For your information the Court will take into consideration the following when making a decision regarding the application:1.The wishes and feelings of the child concerned2. The child’s physical, emotional and educational needs3. The likely effect on the child if circumstances changed as a result of the courts decision4. The child’s age, sex, backgrounds and any other characteristics which will be relevant to the court’s decision5. Any harm the child has suffered or may be at risk of suffering6. Capability of the child’s parents (or any other person the courts find relevant) at meeting the child’s needs7. The powers available to the court in the given proceedingsIf you have any further questions regarding this please let me know. In the meantime if you found this information helpful please provide a positive rating using the stars at the top of this page. I will not be credited for answering your question without a positive rating. Thank you