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How old is your child, please?
OK. If he does not want to see his mother, then at nearly 16 the court is not going to be able to make an order to force this.
I appreciate Cafcass will need to have their say, but they can't force him to have contact either.
The court can set a goal of him having contact, but if he is adamant that he does not want this then it is pointless, and the court won't enforce an order with a child of this age in my experience.
What was the reason for applying for the order in the first place?
OK. But the reality remains that if your son does not want to see his mother, parental alienation or not, the court can't force him. And if they change residency he will be free to return to you if he wishes. He can't be held 'prisoner' in his mother's house against his wishes.
It's really most odd that this is being pursued in the way that it is.
I appreciate this. I think that his views are key and as I said, the court cannot successfully force either contact or a change of residence for a 16 year old in these circumstances, in my view.
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