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What were the previous contact arrangements?
When did you receive the mediation certificate? Did your ex attend?
You have 4 months to trigger your right to file application for a Child Arrangements Order using form C100. You can also use form EX160 if you are on a low income/savings to be exempted from paying the court fees of £215.00
You would need to obtain a new one and you should have really filed the application to save time and preserve your right to contact and see your daughter. I will send you details on where to find your local mediator. In terms of the form I will send details or organisations that may be able to help.
I will also send you details of the process once it has been filed - the C100 form.
You might be able to find a pro bono lawyer by attending a LawWorks Clinic. The LawWorks Clinics Network is a network of free legal advice sessions that LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group) supports. For more information and to find a network near you please visit the following website: https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-individuals/find-legal-advice-clinic-near-you
You could also visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau ( For more information please visit: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/) or Personal Support Unit for advice about a legal problem (For more information please visit: https://www.thepsu.org/).
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:
The court will order arrangements for you to see them on specified days and for how long if you cannot agree this with your ex partner. You can also ask for joint custody so they live with you for part of the week if you wish.
If custody (shared or full custody) is to be considered then the welfare checklist of the child is relevant :
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.
In making their decision the courts will look at the full circumstances such as the age of the children, where they go to school, financial situation of both parents and ultimately they will make a decision in the best interest of the child.
I would advise you to seek a child arrangement court order such an order can set out who looks after the child and when. Such an order once made can be enforced if it is breached.
The mediator can also help you complete the form - step to step guide.
You can also use this link
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