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First of all, is he listed on the birth certificate?
Also are there any court orders in p,ace?
Ok, then as things stand he does have full equal rights.It is always best to try and reach suitable agreements on child arrangements where possible.
As far as benefits are concerned, either or both parents can put in to claim these, but, on,ha one parent will receive the payment. If both our in a claim, HMRC will look at the claims, and would normally award to the parent who has the majority of the care.
Remember, You can also put in a claim against him for child maintenance.
If or when it is his turn to have the children, there is no need on your part to take them either way, He can make both journeys. However, it could be a good gesture that you each make one trip.
Child maintenance should be a fixed amount. If he keeps changing that, then complain officially to the agency.
The alternative the child arrangements is to take formal mediation. If he refuses, then a child arrangements hearing can take place at court. The court will then decide how and when visits will take place and how often.
With joint parental rights he could try that.This is why to be honest, when there is a split, it is often better to have a child arrangements order in place, it gives legal certainty.
That would be the best way forward to start.
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Joint responsibility can mean equal custody. But that would be for a court to sort out.
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