We were instructed by a father who was concerned about the contact that he was having with his child and step-child. He had always been the father to the step-child who did not know his birth father. The parties had separated 2 years previously and initially the arrangements for the children had gone well. Mother now however was being difficult about contact with both children, changing arrangements at the last moment and dealing with things in a generally unsatisfactory way. She refused to go to mediation. We therefore issued an immediate application including a parental responsibility order in respect of the step-child. The matter came before the Court and we were able to secure a parental responsibility order for the step-child almost immediately with the Court welfare service (CAFCASS) being instructed to prepare a report on the difficulties with contact. Negotiations followed and we were able to agree a proper contact routine taking into account both parties’ work arrangements (which were complicated as the mother worked shifts). The client is now able to see both the children on a regular basis and has retained a full role in their lives.
21st May 2015