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17 Nov 15 #469707 by zizigav
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I have had a child welfare hearing as I am wanting to move with my children 45 miles west.
The sheriff has requested a court reporter to take my childrens'' views (Have no issue with that).
We have another welfare hearing in December where their views on Xmas will be taken into account and then another hearing where witnesses will be called.
My question is what witnesses would I call? I have had the children since separation and divorce (4 and a half years) I work fulltime so when I am with my children it is just us together at night and the weekends we spend with my partner so there is no one who can testify to wheter I am a good mum or not !
My Ex will try to destroy me with historical witnesses who will not have seen me with my children since 2006/7 so have no idea what we do or how we do it.
Basically the crux of his case is that if I get permission to move he wants majority of residence but if I don''t I can keep the current arrangements...... completely confused

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17 Nov 15 #469723 by Fiona
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It isn''t necessary for anyone to testify you are a good mum. What you need is evidence of the pattern of existing care & that your parenting is "good enough." That could be statements from people who can confirm you dropping off & collecting children at school & activities, attending medical/dentist appointments, contact arrangements & school letters & reports showing the children are surviving satisfactorily, receipts from food/clothes/shoes shopping etc.

Independent professional evidence from schools, medical workers or social services involved wit the children carries more weight than that of friends & family. The focus is the children''s welfare & meeting their needs rather than the issues between parents. You need to show concrete plans for the move - living & economic arrangements, education & how the children''s relationship with the other parent will be facilitated.

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