I am completing the C100 as my ex has completely stopped all contact with my daughter who is 3 on monday with no justifcation or reason. She has declined mediation stating in writing that I will have to take her to court to see my daughter.
What amount of evidence should be included with a C100? It looks like you cant provide any extra documentation and the C1A form (supplemental info) seems to be just for matters of child abuse/harm etc?
You can put extra information in a Position Statement.
Don''t expect too much from the first hearing.It will be a First Directions Hearing and the Judge will take far more notice of what the mother wants rather than what you want.
If you go into court with the attitude that you''re second class and what you want is irrelevant then you won''t come out dissapointed.
On the application form you need to say that contact has broken down and what order you are seeking. In most cases you are also expected to arrange a mediation Information and Assessment Meeting to find out about mediation and to assess if it is appropriate then submit Form FM1 before the court will hear a case.
You aren''t required to submit a position statement until the judge makes Directions, but some LIPs (and some judges!) find it helps to have one to help remain focused on the issues. Generally the court isn''t interested in the issues between parents, only the interests of children.
At the first hearing you may meet with CAFCASS to see if any agreement can be reached before going in front of the judge. When no agreement is reached the judge will "direct" what further information is required to assist him/her with making a decision and sets a timetable for future hearings. An interim order may be made but no final decision will be made until a later hearing.
Be whiter than white. Make no accusations against mother. Do not involve yourself in a slanging match. After the 2nd Directions, if she has made false accusations, the system will grind her down. Only concentrate on issues to restore contact. Ignore whatever she says. Its all asymmetric warfare. Remember Muhammed Ali rope a dope. You will be the one who will not lose any sleep when it comes to fact finding.