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Hi, I'm Lea and I have reviewed your query.
Is the mediation helping? Or has it already failed?
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Mediation can take place over the phone - so no reason for delay. I'd suggest you ask the mediator to arrange this without further delay. At least to complete the MIAM (mediation information assessment meeting) which is the requirement before you can apply to court.
Once the MIAM is done, then the mediator can sign your C100 application form to the court and you can submit it. Once submitted the court will list the matter for a first hearing and CAFCASS, social workers, wiill be in touch with you and the mother to find out what each of you thinks and will also do background checks and produce a safeguarding letter to the court to recommend what should happen next. You will be able to tell the officer about your concerns of parental alienation.
You'll both get the opportunity to put your case to the court and the court will ultimately make a decision that they believe is in the best interests of the child.
There's no legal aid for private family law cases unless you meet the criteria for domestic abuse - see here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
You can self-represent - and if things get difficult then instruct a solicitor or barrister. Costs can vary depending on how long the process takes.
Things won't get difficult at the first hearing - nothing much ever happens at a first hearing unless people agree to a consent order. Usually a first hearing gives directions as to what the court expects everyone to do next (file statements, etc).
We are not permitted to take cases on from the website I'm afraid. I do specialise in family law.
It is, but I have to abide by the rules of the site.
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