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A father has the same rights as a mother and contact cannot be legally stopped unless there are concerns that further contact could affect the welfare of a child. These concerns may be raised due to issues of criminal offences, drug or alcohol abuse, domestic abuse, or any other inappropriate behaviour which places the child at risk.
While having a criminal record will put him at a disadvantage in a case of child arrangement order, it is still possible to gain access to the child if it can be proven that the father pose no risk to the child. The court will mostly take abuse and violence into consideration in contrast to other convictions. However, in conclusion, without court order, the mother cannot legally prevent access.
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