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Hi, thank you for your question. Just a bit more information required to fully assist you:
-Is the father named on the birth certificate?
-What exactly are the arrangements at the moment (ie. days, times, duration, handover?)
-Is the child in full-time education Monday to Friday?
How far from the school does he live?
Thanks - and reception will be Monday to Friday?
How far is your home from the school?
Hi, thank you for the further information.
Despite what the father is stating, it is not for him to solely decide on the arrangements and this must be done in consideration of your son's best interests. It is absolutely not in his interests to have to commute 3 hours each day from his father's house to attend school if you live 10 minutes away and it is highly likely that a court will agree that this is detrimental to his welfare. The father's current work commitments also prevent him from fully enjoying arrangements with the child and therefore you have strong grounds to review the current arrangements.
In relation to the birth certificate and religion issue, the father has no right to solely make a decision regarding the child's religion as you also hold PR and there must be agreement between you regarding such issues - if there is no agreement it will be for the court to decide on major issues under a specific issue order application. Furthermore, the father cannot take the child out of the country without your consent or a court order.
In the circumstances I would suggest that you make a referral to an independent mediator (you can find local ones here: familymediationcouncil.org.uk). The mediator will assist you both in reaching an amicable agreement that is in the child's best interests. If mediation does not help, then you 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 also for a prohibited steps order if you feel that he will be baptising the child without your consent and the court can make a decision regarding the matter. 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
It is in the interests of the child to have a regular and consistent routine.
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