I am curently going through a rather unpleasant seperation with my partner (lived together but not married), whom I had three children with. At the moment she allows me to see our children 1-2 times per week, but I am concerned if she has a change of heart she might stop access.
Where do I stand legally if she decides she doesn't want me to see them?
Children have a right to a relationship, wherever possible, with their parents, save for circumstances where the state deems that not to be in their best interests. The court will do all it can to protect that right.
If your wife prevents contact you need to apply to court for a contact order using a C100 form, which you can download in the resources section. You complete it, send it to court in triplicate with a cheque for £175 made payable to HMCS and you will receive a court date.
The first date is a mediation session with Cafcass to see if you can agree; if not you see the judge, who decides what evidence would assist the court in making a decision, will set dates for that evidence to be filed, and will set a hearing date.
Dear Amanda thanks for the postive and valued comments. My ex partner made me believe regardless of the fact that I'm a good father and provider for the children it is purely her decison if she wanetd to allow me to see our children. There is some justice in the law!!!