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Hi, I'm Lea
Is there a court order in place already?
Is there any reason you cannot return the child at 7 pm instead?
Would you be able to have your daughter overnight?
I see, well that is difficult then.
Your difficulty is going to be that if the mother takes the job and you try to return your daughter at the usual time, she won't be there if she is determined to take the job. So I am trying to think of practical solutions that you could perhaps employ - such as a grandparent or aunt or uncle perhaps being there at 6 pm to take her from you and put her to bed?
This is one of those situations where mediation probably the best thing to try if you cannot come to an agreement between yourselves. Court should be a last resort.
If there isn't a mutual agreement then you will have to make an application to court to define the time that your daughter spends with you. Would you be prepared to do that?
If yes, you will need to try mediation first anyway, if it is unsuccessful the mediator will sign your court application form, the C100, which you can find here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734888/C100_eng_0818.pdf
Court action shouldn't be ta***** *****ghtly though. Are there no other family members or close friends that could assist with that two hour gap between when you have her and when mum returns home? And I appreciate on a Sunday with school the next day that your daughter should be in bed at the right time.
Yes, it is too late with school the next day.
I would suggest that you see if mediation would work then, and take it from there.
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You will still have to attend what is called a MIAM before you can apply to court. See the form I linked to above for more information.
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