So if you are going to keep the child from her mother then you will have to prove to the court why you feel this is best. Being honest this is usually for safeguarding reasons, not just bad parenting. However, if you wish to do this then I would still offer contact to the mother as the courts may not look to favourably on this. It is important to note that the courts are only interested in what is best for the child so ensure you focus on that. Before you make any application to the court you have to at least try mediation, it may be the case that the mother is not intersected in which case you can proceed to court.
To find a mediator in your local area, use this site :
In order to apply to the court, you will need to fill out and send form C100 (copy attached) with a cheque of £215 payable to HMCTS to your local family court centre. Or you can ring the court and pay over the phone (or pay in person if you go directly to the court and pay at the counter). If you are on low income/have low savings you can apply for a fee exemption here:
Once you apply the court will list a hearing where you and your ex attends. There will be a family advisor there too (from Cafcass) and if arrangements can be agreed then a consent order will be drawn up.
You are goings to want to gather as much evidence as you can to prove your portion. It is also possible that Cafcass will get involved and make a report to the court so you are going to want to speak to them too.
I hope this information has helped. You can find a local solicitor who deals with this on the law society webpage which is;
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