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How old are the children? What was the previous pattern of contact?
What reasons has the mother given for ending the contact?
Are there any court orders in place?
It is likely that your son is going to have to issue court proceedings in order to regain contact with his children.
However, he is firstly obliged by law to try mediation to see if that will resolve matters, but if mother won't engage, then he needs to attend what is known as a MIAM (mediation information assessment meeting) to get his form signed by a mediator so he can apply to court for an order. There are some exemptions from attending a MIAM – the form provides more information on whether he meets that criteria or not.
The form he needs is called a C100, which you can find here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/734888/C100_eng_0818.pdf
The form needs to be a) signed by the mediator, b) filled in by your son, (he is asking for a child arrangements order) and then c) copied three times (with a fourth copy which he will keep for his own records). He must then take or send the original plus 3 copies to the family court closest to where the child lives.
You can find the right court here: https://www.gov.uk/find-court-tribunal
The fee for filing is £215, but he may be entitled to fee remission if he is on a low income or benefits, see here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/634329/ex160-eng.pdf
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