I would suggest trying to avoid court if you can.
Have you been to mediation. (you have to go their first before court anyway)
Try and work something out with the mother so that your DP gets more time with his DD.
You can also do child inclusive mediation and the SD can talk to a mediator on her own to have her voice heard.
If thats what the SD really wants then the mother might listen to the mediatiors over you guys.
Court is a long and tedious process and might not get you the result you want in the end.
Perhaps you could offer the mother different arrangments and see what suits her best.
-Your DP could offer to do school pick up a few nights a week and have her over for dinner.
-More time in school holidays
-EOW and 2 nights during the week
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28-08-2013 08:16 #11Senior Member
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We are not applying for sole custody but have SDD live with us with regular contact with her mother. 50/50 is not an option as she lives 1.5hrs away. Yes I know it sounds like we are taking advantage of a bad situation but without going into full detail we started the process almost 2 months ago and unfortunately the mediation is int he next few weeks and we have recently been informed of other events that have happened that have put SDD life at risk including the house fire as it has been reported as suspicious.
I am a parent myself and would never encourage a child be taken away from her mother or current living arrangements unless it was in the childs best interest.
29-08-2013 10:06 #13
This seems a bit like 'kicking someone while theyre down' to me.. doesnt sit right. Imagine your house burning down and then someone coming along and taking your child away because of it
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29-08-2013 10:24 #15
I'd say that unless you can prove extreme neglect, then the chances of having the child taken away from her mother are quite slim.
Are there current patenting orders in place?
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You can do it without a solicitor or you could approach a community legal centre who may agree to limited assistance, eg do the documents for you.
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