I’m sorry to have to say it but you may find that she hasn’t moved on quickly and this may have been hanging around for some time. We may never know.
He can obviously say what he likes and he can actually apply to court for a court order called a Specific Issue Order to prevent the child being introduced to a new partner until such time as the relationship is proven to be more stable.
Obviously, he cannot do anything about the stepchild but an application to court for an injunction to prevent this new person being introduced immediately is something which can be done and although not that common, is not unknown.
It’s a case of putting forward to the court, a reason why he thinks that this is going to have an adverse effect on the child.
Fortunately, there is a lot of information on the Internet about Child Arrangement orders and the government have actually produced a guide on the subject which is here.
The different types of Child Arrangement order are:
1 A Contact Order which specifies when parent sees a child,
2 A Residence Order to determine who the child lives with,
3 A Prohibited Steps Order to prevent a parent doing something with the child such as moving away either in this country miles away or taking the child to another country. Particularly relevant if there is a chance that the parent would go to another country and never return. The parent wishing to prevent the move would have to convince the court why it’s not in the best interest of the child to move. Friends, support, school et cetera et cetera all taken into account.
A Prohibited Steps Order is to prevent child Abduction and it’s one of the few areas of law for which legal aid is sometimes still available. It’s often therefore worth seeing a solicitor.
4 A Specific Issue Order to allow a parent to do something specific with the child such as moving away to another part of the country or indeed to another country. . The parent wishing to move would have to prove why it’s not in the best interest of the child to move.. Friends, support, school et cetera et cetera all taken into account. It would also encompass things such as changing school if the parents cannot agree, changing the child's name, and anything other specific.
The courts will not get involved in a Contact or Residence order unless the couple have been to mediation first. So the couple would have to try mediation even if it subsequently fails and the matter proceeds to court. However because there is some urgency here there would be no need for mediation
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