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27 Feb 10 #188668 by tanglin123
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I have received a date for my first Directions hearing from my ex-husband solicitors but nothing else. Could someone explain what I should expect from this hearing and any advice. Would be gratefully received. I am imagining the hearing is regard contact with children as only supervised at moment.

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01 Mar 10 #189191 by TBagpuss
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You say you 'imagine' it is to do with children - if you have been sent notice of hearing you should also have been sent a copy of the relvent application (form c100, if the application relates to children)

This will set out in broad terms the type of order your ex is seeking.

At a first appointment you will normally have the opportunity to talk to a Duty Cafcass officer, who will try to see whether it is possible for your and your ex to reach an agreement, and if not, will avise the court as to whether a Cafcass report of any type is likely to be needed.

A court can make an interim order in relation to contact if the Judge feels that it is reasonable to do so and that he or she has enough information.

It is snsible to go to a first appointmet willing to consider any proposals for contact which may be put forward and ready to either put forward your own proposals or to explain to the Cafcass officer why you are unable to do so.

or instance - as contact is currently supervised, be clear on why that is, and what you feel would need to happen or to cahnge for it to move to an unsupervised basis.

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