The court awarded my ex to see the children through supervised contact then supported contact at a contact centre before going to unsupervised contact. This was a recommendation by Cafcass. My ex was to bear the cost of arranging this. He was the person who raised the child contact application initially. An order was agreed to put a parenting plan in place and start the contact centre immediately after the court order in early February.
I have sent my ex the parenting plan but my ex is now stating he does not want to pay the costs of the contact centre. He is now not willing to see the children unless I agree to him seeing the children without the use of the contact centre. As Cafcass was involved and this was a court order - where do I stand?
It is his application and now he is frustrating contact by not arranging the contact centre. I want him to see the children but I do not want to put my children's safety at risk.
We both had solicitors previously but now are self representing. Cafcass are now not actively involved - should I recontact them and inform them of his actions? Should I also write to the court?
Any advise on what I can do to get the order enforced would be grateful.
If you are making the children available as per the terms of the Court Order, then there is nothing more to do. If he wants to vary those terms or challenge them, he needs to make an application to the Court.
There is a reason why the Courts have stipulated that a contact centre should be used. Therefore despite you wanting him to have contact, it is best you stick to the terms that have been set out by the Court. If he is not happy with what the Court has ordered, then that is for him to raise and not you. He wants to see the kids so should comply and pay the contact centre costs as ordered to do so.
Also, he could just be bluffing to see if he can get away with not using the centre.