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Guide to Court 1: 1st Hearing; Court Forms & Statement

By: Abigail Taylor - Updated: 17 May 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Court Hearing Forms Application

In our series of guides we hope to arm you with enough information to be able to understand the legal issues and achieve your objective in the easiest way possible. Our going to court guide is in 3 parts. You can download the entire guide (see below) or you can read it here it on the site. Part one of the guide covers:

  • The court process
  • With notice and without notice hearings
  • Completing court forms
  • Writing the court statement

The court process

In an ideal world, you and your ex partner would have an amicable relationship and be able to resolve any issues (particularly where your children are concerned) out of court. Unfortunately that is not always achievable and it may be necessary to apply to the courts to resolve disputes.

There are several court orders available to you, including:

  • Prohibited steps order (stopping a party doing something)
  • Mandatory order (making a party do something)
  • Contact order (making a party allow another party contact with a child)
  • Residence order (stating who a child will live with and when)

The process of applying to court and conducting proceedings varies slightly depending upon which order you are applying for and the circumstances in which it is made. The two main processes are set out below:

1. With notice hearing

This is the usual type of hearing where the other side is informed of your application and both sides attend court.

(1.) Complete the relevant application and file to the relevant court. (This will depend on where you live but generally be your local County Court or Family Proceedings Court).

(2.) A copy of your application is served on other party known as the Respondent. (This will usually be the other parent of your children).

(3.) A first hearing is scheduled. Before this hearing you may be invited to attend a Cafcass meeting. This is a brief meeting with a Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service officer who is experienced in dealing with all court cases involving children. At this meeting the officer will listen to both parties and try help you to reach an agreement regarding any issues.

(4.) The first hearing will be conducted by a Judge. This hearing will briefly outline any areas of agreement and dispute. The Judge may also ask the Cafcass officer for advice on the issues in the case. It is normal for parents not to speak to the judge at this brief hearing which is really more administrative than a time to rule on issues. It is common for the judge to then ask the Cafcass officer to draft a detailed report on the case.

(5.) You may ask for an order during the interim period between first and final hearing as this can be several months. For example the judge may order weekly supervised contact while the case is still ongoing over whether you should be given unsupervised contact.

(6.) The Cafcass report will be sent to both parents once completed (though this often takes 12-16 weeks). The Cafcass officer will usually speak to both parents, any other relevant relatives, the child's school, and (dependant on the child's age) the child themselves in preparing their report. They may also observe interaction between the parents and their child/children.

(7.) The court will nearly always follow the Cafcass officer's recommendations and so many parents choose to simply implement the recommendations in the report rather than continue to argue issues in court.

(8.) If no agreement is reached, a final hearing is held. This will be conducted by a judge (not necessarily the same one as at the first hearing though). The judge will hear evidence from the parents, the Cafcass officer and any other relevant witnesses before making a decision and granting / not granting an order.

2. Without notice hearing

This process is used in more urgent applications, such as where a child needs to be removed from one person's care due to allegations of abuse. You may not have time due to the urgency of the matter to inform the other side officially.

(1.) Complete the relevant application and file to the relevant court. (This will depend on where you live but generally be your local County Court or Family Proceedings Court). This WILL NOT normally be served on the other party where allegations by their nature need to remain secret (e.g. where it is alleged one parent is about to take the child to live abroad permanently without permission).

(2.) A first hearing is scheduled. Usually this will be urgent and so may be scheduled for the same day as the application is made. Often judges hear without notice family applications first thing, or after lunch before their ongoing cases or trials resume. If the application is extremely urgent, they may even break off whatever case they were hearing to hear your application. Only the applying party will normally be present.

(3.) The Judge will usually make a ruling on your application which will last until a final hearing is arranged with both parties present.

(4.) A final hearing will be arranged and the other party sent notice of it along with copies of your application and the decision at the without notice hearing. The judge will hear evidence from both the parents, a Cafcass officer and any other relevant witnesses before making a decision at this stage. They may then confirm or vary the interim order they made at the without notice hearing.

What will the court consider in reaching their decision?

When a judge makes a decision in a family law case, they must consider every element of what is called 'the welfare checklist'. This includes:

  • The wishes and feelings of the child (if they are old enough for this to be ascertained)
  • The likely effect of any changes on the child
  • The particular needs of the child (eg any disabilities or special needs)
  • The ability of the parents or carers to meet the needs of the child
  • The harm that the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering
  • Any characteristics such as religion or sex that the court considers relevant
  • The child's educational needs (if of schooling age)

It is important to note that the court will not make an order where the effect of not doing so is no worse than making the order. This is called the 'no order principle'. You therefore need to show in any application that the order applied for is really necessary and in the child's best interests.

Court forms

To start every court application you will need to fill in and file the relevant form. The courts have a wide range of orders available but you must use the correct form when applying.

Perhaps unhelpfully the forms all have a letter and numerical code which can make choosing the right form a bit tricky. Below is a description of which orders need which forms:

  • Contact Order C100 - You want to see your children but your ex partner won't let you
  • Residence Order C100 - You want your children to live with you
  • Anything regarding abuse C1A - You are making specific allegations of abuse of your children by a family member
  • Parental Responsibility Order C1 - You want to have formal parental responsibility for your children
  • Parental Responsibility Order (step-children) C(PRA2)- You want formal parental responsibility for your step-children
  • Prohibited Steps Order C100 - You want to stop your ex partner doing something
  • Enforcement Order C79 - You have an order but your ex partner is not complying with it
  • Cancel or vary Enforcement Order C79 - You have an Enforcement Order against you and you want the court to cancel or vary it
  • Care or Supervision Order C110 - This formalises the involvement required by the Local Authority in your child's care

All of these court forms are available online at: www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/formspage

Many of the forms also have a helpful 'Notes' guide (also online to download) which will help you fill out the form. It is important that forms are filled out correctly so court time (and your money) is not wasted. Read the checklists (including those for practitioners) carefully and ensure all the essential information is completed fully and clearly.

Most forms will have a section asking:

"Why are you making this application?"

It is often tempting to write every bit of information relevant to your application in this box, and you are allowed to use additional sheets of paper if necessary. However, remember that the judge will not have long to read this application and so will want this box to just be an overview of your application.

An example:

We have an agreement that I look after my two children (aged 8 and 12 years) Thursday to Sunday. My ex partner looks after the children Sunday to Thursday.

I would like this to be reversed for the following reasons:

  • My house is 10 minutes walk from the children's school. My ex partner lives 45 minutes drive away.
  • I am able to take the children to school for their 8:30am start and pick them up at 4pm as I work 9am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday. My ex partner has to drop them off at breakfast club for 7:30am and pick them up from after school club at 6pm, giving them a very long day.
  • My ex partner is out of an evening frequently during the week and so the children have a babysitter. It would be cheaper and more beneficial for them to spend that time with me

My ex partner says that she will alter her working hours but she has said this before and was unable to do so. She does not work Friday to Sunday and so we would both end up with more time with our children by this alteration.

You do not need to include evidence of everything alleged in this application but can refer to that in your later statement. Keep a copy of your completed form so you can refer to it at a later date if necessary.

Writing a court statement

A court statement is often used in addition to your application to set out your case in full, or to respond to your ex partner's application to the court.

There are specific rules about how a court statement must be written (in the Family Proceedings Rules 1991):

  • On the top left of the document, put the court dealing with your case in capital letters.
  • On the top right of the document put the case number (provided by the court on all correspondence to you)
  • At the top, middle of the document put the names of the parties
  • At the right next to the party name, label them 'Petitioner' or 'Applicant' and 'Respondent'. (The Petitioner is the person who applied for the application and the Respondent the person replying to it. The petitioner's name is always first, even if you are the Respondent.)
  • In the middle put a title summarising the purpose of the document (e.g. 'Respondent's Statement about Child's Residence')
  • At the end of your statement you must sign and date a declaration that you believe your statement is true and know it may be used by the court. (e.g. 'I confirm that the contents of this statement are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and further that I understand that this statement will be placed before the Court as evidence.')

It is up to you what exactly you put in your statement and of course this will vary depending on the purpose of the statement and the facts of your case. It is however, always a good idea to have an introduction in which you outline your reason for making the statement and what you want the court to do so it doesn't get "lost" in the rest of the content.

Evidence is key to proving the truth of anything said, so try outlining points in your statement using this formula:

General proposition:

  • Point 1 - Evidence 1, Evidence 2
  • Point 2 - Evidence 1, Evidence 2

For example:

Wife's behaviour is unacceptable - Children left alone in house while she is out at pub
(Statement from wife's neighbour and statement from teacher of what children have told her)

Strange men invited back to the house regularly
(Statement from wife's neighbour)

Make sure you proof read your statement as this is your evidence and so you will have to stick by it in court. If you don't know something personally, say so and state how you do know it. Do not put something which you do not believe to be true (remember your signed statement). If you suddenly change this evidence in court it could make you look untruthful and damage your case.

Read on to part 2 of our guide to court which will help you create your skeleton argument and use character references effectively.

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walter oneill - Your Question:
Hello. my son and his girlfriend have split, he is listed on birth cert, but she is not refusing access or offering very small or supervised access her offer was one day and night a fortnight, am I right in thinking he has same parental rights as her, shouldnt he be entitled to two or three days a week shared ? also one the day we are supposed to have her she has sent so many unreasonable demands such as limited food, no food after certain times etc. mediation failed she cancelled as no babysitter, we are willing to go court but what are our rights. ?

Our Response:
Please see the link here , which should answer your question.
SeparatedDads - 17-May-18 @ 3:44 PM
@jjjcol - be careful here as this is not about you and your ex - this is about your kid and the courts are not interested in you slagging off your ex, or her slagging off you. This will get you nowhere. I'd see a solicitor or join the forum on here - you need some better advice than what you are currently planning to do.
Billy - 17-May-18 @ 3:11 PM
Hello. my son and his girlfriend have split, he is listed on birth cert, but she is not refusing access or offering very small or supervised access her offer was one day and night a fortnight, am i right in thinking he has same parental rights as her, shouldnt he be entitled to two or three days a week shared ? also one the day we are supposed to have her she has sent so many unreasonable demands such as limited food, no food after certain times etc. mediation failed she cancelled as no babysitter, we are willing to go court but what are our rights. ?
walter oneill - 17-May-18 @ 12:34 PM
Split with ex three weeks ago, I had initial access to my son after been ask to leave the family home with I did peacefully. However she has not made ridiculous and untrue allegations against me concerning domestic and fininincial abuse from me to her. All of which I’m able to provide evidence and statements proving that she has lied in her first statement to the court. In addition to this I have also prepared some very damming statements concerning her abuse of the benefit system and how she looks after my son without me there is causing him risk to hygiene and mental health. So as it stands I cannot contact my ex or my son until the case is heard in court on June 4th. I believe the evidence I provide will be damming and without question prove my ex has lied to the court and will also trigger social services involvement. Despite the fact we have split and that is final I do not want to air all her faults in a court and get her into serious trouble with benefit fraud, child abuse when we could sort this through mediation and me having regular contact with my son to safeguard his wellbeing and welfare. My only contact option is to write to her solicitor asking them to contact the her to withdraw the non-molestation order and begin mediation which I am happy to pay for. Should and how can I word this letter?
jjjcol - 17-May-18 @ 10:57 AM
I have a residence order granted April 2014 and a contact order for my ex who lives abroad. Weekly Skype call and when he returns in the summer for the first 5 days contact hours are gradually increased to build relationship and all being well he can take the kids to family home in Germany for 1 week. Over the years I have never refused contact whenever he randomly returns, which can be any time of year. He has missed almost all Skype calls and ignored calls and texts from our kids for weeks on end. He is threatening to take me to court because I have refused for the boys to go to Disneyland Florida for 1 week. I have said he can take them to Europe instead. Our children are autistic and suffer terribly from the inconsistency and being ignored after contact and exhaustion from long travel. My ex refuses to acknowledge their diagnosis nor show empathy for the impact of his disappearing for weeks. He is verbally abusive towards me and I believe simply wants to get me in a court to “embarrass” me like he did last time when I was immediately granted full residence and his contact was vastly reduced. It is not about the kids but power, manipulation and control as it is him who does not follow the order, I have accommodated and increased contact time, even traveling abroad myself at my expense to facilitate contact and deliver the kids, he denies the basic needs and interests as well as wellbeing of the kids by dismissing their autistic diagnosis. I am not yet sure what the basis is for wanting to return to court as contact has never been denied other than to cause stress and maximum distress. Is there a way to stop him dragging us back to court whenever he does not get his way, which is beyond what is on the order? I do not want to be in his presence and I have cut off direct communication with me but not contact with the kids. I believe he has undiagnosed mental health issues. One minute he is moving back to the UK then to Europe (he lives between 2 countries in South America) then he is too ill to return the kids’ calls and texts then he wants to take them to Florida. He is causing me and the kids a great deal of anxiety and I wish he would just focus on being an accessible parent rather than trying to control me. When I was granted the residence order his reason for taking me to court was that he wanted me to have to ask his permission whenever the kids and I went on holiday-bearing in mind he did not live in this country, had not seen the kids in over a year and was not contributing financially. The judge immediately granted me the residence order. At present he sees the kids about twice a year whenever he decides to visit. There must be a way to stop this malicious controlling behaviour. I have not denied contact. It takes 6 weeks to settle the kids after the rollercoaster contact time they have with him due to their autism and he flatly refuses to follow advice to prevent these meltdown that I then have to deal with and the school.
ResiMum - 28-Apr-18 @ 11:41 AM
Sam - Your Question:
I’ve been divorced almost 3 years but can’t get my ex out the house It is a housing association house joint tenancy. I’ve been to mediation and have my certificate but I’ve got no idea what to do next plz help

Our Response:
If mediation hasn't solved the issue, then next and only option would be to apply to court.
SeparatedDads - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:55 AM
I’ve been divorced almost 3 years but can’t get my ex out the house It is a housing association house joint tenancy. I’ve been to mediation and have my certificate but I’ve got no idea what to do next plz help
Sam - 22-Apr-18 @ 7:55 PM
@Jlowry - so what about your ex - do you not think she might like some time to herself too? Why should she have to work around and sacrifice her time to your job and lifestyle? Just playing devil's advocate here. The current agreement sounds like a pretty fair agreement as you don't have your kids all weekend. You can only but apply to court to see what happens. Most basic arrangements work around having the kids every other weekend and one night in the week. Reduce it now though and what happens if you split up with your current g/f? You might then regret putting your kids second.
AndyV - 13-Apr-18 @ 11:30 AM
I am a separated Dad who currently has my children every Wednesday evening during school times (full day in the holidays), every Sunday for the whole day and every other Saturday into Sunday. I have requested to change the times to every other Saturday into Sunday. This would mean I have the children every other Saturday into Sunday and every Wednesday. However my ex partner refused this. The reason I would like to change the days is that I have a high profile job that requests me to work a certain amount of Sundays in the year. I am also in a new relationship now and feel that I have no quality time with my other half as every full day I have of is with the children. I love my children very much and will always give them the very best, I also feel that having them the extra night a month will be beneficial for both sides. What are the chances of this holding up in court? I know cafcass will put the children at the heart of everything, I feel that I am being reasonable. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.
Jlowry - 12-Apr-18 @ 3:02 PM
@Tray - it sounds like every parent's worst nightmare. Don't be too hard on Social Services, they have to do their job and investigate complaints. Hopefully this will all blow over for you once the investigations find you haven't done anything. If your conscience is clean then you have nothing to worry about. It's just that they have to investigate and of course we would want them to if it wasn't directed at ourselves or if we thought someone else was mistreating our kid.
BBB - 15-Mar-18 @ 12:26 PM
Hi , So my life has been turned up side down.Six weeks ago my youngest boy , made allogations against me . I dropped him off at school on the Monday morning, and when i went to pick him up , i was asked to go to the head teacher.So i i did as was asked .and joking i asked , ok so what has he done now . !!!!!! With this the head told me of my sons allogations, and they had reported it . These allogations are so exstreme, not believable.And the head said we dont beleive it. Anyway ive not seen my boy for 6 weeks, and only spoken to him today . As his dadhas now given his job up !!!! My boy said he can see me when his dad has sorted the benefits out, ??? So my boy is disabled , and i have loved and cared for his every need since he was born . The social services are shocking and really dont care for my rights as a mother . I love my kids and would never do what he has said, as for magic cream and a contract what the hell . Anyway what am i supposed to do now , every day is a knightmare . We only just got our forever home
Tray - 14-Mar-18 @ 12:12 AM
Hendry - Your Question:
This is the most discussed page on the website and no response provided. Please provide a response so we can see how these issues get resolved. Most of these questions are not answered.

Our Response:
We get hundreds of questions per day across this website, and we try to answer as many as we can. However, unfortunately we cannot answer them all.
SeparatedDads - 12-Feb-18 @ 10:23 AM
This is the most discussed page on the website and no response provided. Please provide a response so we can see how these issues get resolved. Most of these questions are not answered.
Hendry - 11-Feb-18 @ 12:44 PM
Looking for advice or likely hood off out come. My daughter now 4 born in Leicester were I live with my surname now lives in Manchester with her mum. Who has cut me off multiple times one due to being hit by a car so not able to travel another time because she got pregnant with her bf now ex and said it was unfair to my child to have 2 dads and her new baby have both parents in one house. I have full messages as evidence. Plus messages telling me to forget about my daughter and have a new one with my wife. We have a house with household income £35,00+ between me and wife's family in excess off 10 children in her age group who live local in a beautiful area small village. Currently my daughter has no sibling or family close to her age her mother has never worked / refuses to. Don't no now but smoked weed heavily while pregnant and up until my last visit March 2017. I'm applying for a residence order so she lives with me but she still keeps parental rights as I don't believe in cutting people out her life. And I would drive her to her mum every weekend and to have on birthdays bank holidays x-mass ect. My house is far more child friendly in a safe area currently she has no front or back garden in a high crime rate area
Jason - 26-Jan-18 @ 11:38 PM
Mimi - Your Question:
Hi,our story is long, sorry.My husband has two kids from a previous relationship. One lived with us for about a year and the second was sent to us because his ex 'could not cope' and stayed for about 6 months We were paying for everything , private school , clothing etc. She was calling them very seldom.In the summer she had them for two weeks holiday and refused to give them back ( her and my husband argued about money). Since then she refused all contact with the children. During that time she had taken them to China( where she is from)without his consent and knowledge, put them into boarding school and came back to the UK. She kept that all a secret for about 4 months. Their age is 7 and 3. What can he do? She lives in UK and has properties. Children were born in the UK and do not speak Chinese and way to young to stay in a foreign country without a parent. He wants them back.Police says for them that is not a crime ( for us that is abduction)and social services say it outside their jurisdiction.?!

Our Response:
A parent must get the permission of everyone with parental responsibility for a child or from a court before taking the child/children abroad. You don't say how she managed this. But, your husband could have reported her for abduction, see link here. If the children are still out of the country, he can report this. If the children are resident in this country again (your text is a little confusing), your husband's only options are to suggest mediation and his ex refuses mediation, apply to court for a C100 contact order.
SeparatedDads - 22-Jan-18 @ 2:36 PM
Hi,our story is long, sorry . My husband has two kids from a previous relationship. One lived with us for about a year and the second was sent to us because his ex 'could not cope' and stayed for about 6 months We were paying for everything , private school , clothing etc.She was calling them veryseldom .In the summer she had them for two weeks holiday and refused to give them back ( her and my husbandargued about money).Since then she refused all contact with the children. During that time she had taken them to China( where she is from)without his consent and knowledge, put them into boarding school and came back to the UK.She kept that all a secret for about 4 months.Their age is 7 and 3. What can he do? She lives in UK and has properties. Children were born in the UK and do not speak Chinese and way to young to stay in a foreign country without a parent. He wants them back. Police says for them that is not a crime ( for usthat is abduction)and social services say it outside their jurisdiction..?!
Mimi - 20-Jan-18 @ 1:09 PM
Hello. My sons fiancée just left him and their baby is due 14/3. We are all devastated she has said she fuesntvwant him at birth and that she has seen a solicitor. What chance does my son have of getting joint custody tights and when and where do we start the process? Thdnknyoj. Disappointed grandparent.
J - 27-Dec-17 @ 11:37 PM
Hi, I were wondering if I could get some advice, my Ex partner is not letting me meet my Son & also refuses to put me on the birth certificate, I have been sending Birthday & Christmas Presents/Cards ect but she has not given them to him. What would be my steps & rights In a court matter?
T - 26-Dec-17 @ 9:17 PM
Hi, Im hoping for a little bit of advice. My ex-wife refused mediation, as she knows I want more contact with my 8 year old boy. Because of this I have applied to the courts and completed the C100 form. As I didnt want major issues, I did not advise the court that there has been previous domestic violence from her to me, which I have written evidence of, as she attacked me in front of a lot of people 1 year ago, whilst at my sons football match. She hasn't shown physical violence since and I am trying to put the incident behind me. However last week she has made up a lot of lies and place a Non-Molestation Order against me, so I have now had no choice but to bring up the past event, amongst other things. I am worried the I may be in trouble as I didnt disclose her previous act of violence when initially completing the C100 form? I have the court hearing on the 20th Dec and not sure whether to inform the courts now and try to explain or wait until the day? Any help would be appreciated.
Danred1 - 7-Dec-17 @ 6:01 PM
I Just bene urgently court hearing without notice Because my ex said if she gonna find out I am I been told bailiff will handle her letter she can’t take my daughter from uk Is she alow to leave a country for a holiday ? For. Final court we are waiting now date of hearing Just find out their want to go abord but I am not sure is she will be stopped
Gttm - 20-Oct-17 @ 8:13 PM
What do I do if i know my ex (the respondent) has used my final statement to influence the content of his? A mutual exchange was arranged but I was given an incomplete / unsigned copy.he received mine in full at that time. I requested a full copy and now I have two documents, one that has changes that were clearly made after my statement had been handed to him. Do I lodge this with court? Or do I have to wait until the hearing? thanks!
Chuck - 13-Sep-17 @ 2:46 PM
Ashley - Your Question:
Hi, ive been split from my ex for around 6 months and since then ive only been allowed to see my children (3&2) supervised for 2hours once a week with my exs mother. Ive never been violent or abusive and feel im being treated very unfair. Ive paid maintenance every week since splitting up and even paid extra for clothing/shoes etc. Im told I will be allowed unsupervised visits when my exs mother feels I can be trusted. She seems to have a crazy idea that I would run away with the children LOL.My question is. do I hold out abit longer until my exs mother trusts me or do I go to court for a contact order? Im not even asking for overnight stays yet, just unsupervised visits for a whole day. Can even start with unsupervised visits once a week for couple hours to start building trust and gradually extend it.

Our Response:
You would not be able to take the matter to court before you and your ex have explored mediation, please see link here.
SeparatedDads - 12-Sep-17 @ 12:10 PM
Hi, ive been split from my ex for around 6 months and since then ive only been allowed to see my children (3&2) supervised for 2hours once a week with my exs mother. Ive never been violent or abusive and feel im being treated very unfair. Ive paid maintenance every week since splitting up and even paid extra for clothing/shoes etc. Im told i will be allowed unsupervised visits when my exs mother feels i can be trusted. She seems to have a crazy idea that i would run away with the children LOL. My question is.. do i hold out abit longer until my exs mother trusts me or do i go to court for a contact order? Im not even asking for overnight stays yet, just unsupervised visits for a whole day. Can even start with unsupervised visits once a week for couple hours to start building trust and gradually extend it.
Ashley - 11-Sep-17 @ 10:47 AM
Need advice. Sorry, long story , my ex left in september 2014 and took our two children (now 6 & 4). She moved 200 miles away to her family and immediately moved her new bf in. New boyfriend has previous ss involvement and lost his own two children, and has mental health issues. From the october, ss became involved due to domestic violence, they moved around repeatedly and in and out of hostels and back to the boyfriend's again.Incidents occurred every couple of months (the bf trying to suffocate my youngest, kids being hit locked in bedroom school attendance). I was denied access for the first 6 months after them moving away. They were put on a CIN plan early 2016 and still things got worse. December 16 the bf hit my daughter (now 6).She told school and social worker. It was found that the huge mark on her face WAS caused by large adult hand and non accide tal. BF arrested and bailed to have zero contact with the kids. Mother still adamant the injury was accident done at school and insists still my daughter is lying. Both kids placed CPP in January this year under physicaland emotion abuse and neglect and citing the mother cannot protect the children from harm. Police dropped charge in March and mother immediately moved him back home. Following a CPP review in March and hearing the distress my kids get and their appearance being dishevelled and nit infested whenever they vist me, SS started legal planning. The kids visited me and my wife for a week at Easter and we decided enough was enough and the children remained with us. Started court proceedings in April and got urgent prohibitive steps order. Kids registered new school and gp within 3 weeks of them remaining with us. We are fully supported by their social worker. (Their social worker is still involved with Mother as she has new baby with this man). First hearing at court inJune gave me interim residence and kept prohibited steps in place. Mother denied everything and claims everyone's ganged up on her blah blah blah. Court ordered section 7 report from social worker and brief cafcass report. Mother denied it all to cafcass and told them I was physically abusive during out relationship and still to our daughter (i never have been never will be..and crb is clear). August we had a transfer meeting to move the two kids from the mothers social services area to mine. Deemed at no risk and all needs met. Kids taken off all plans and we have family intervention team via school to help with daughters behaviour. COULDNT BELIEVE IT SO HAPPY. Section 7 report done, fully in mine and my wifes favour, requests one phone call a week with mother and one half day visit a month and no overnight and no contact with her now fiance. In court yesterday for second hearing. Annoyed not a lot happened. Judge read the section7. Mother denied it all and adamant she wants kids home. Judge now wants statements and a final full day hearing. My question-what is the point of section 7 repo
Dadoftwo - 9-Sep-17 @ 9:45 AM
Hi my bother has just gone to court to get access to see is son, cause is ex accused him of rape & its still been investigatedthe court has cancelledthe hearing and are going send letters out again when they got go back court. Could any body explain procedure plz
Suerose - 22-Aug-17 @ 6:02 PM
Sib - Your Question:
Hello ever body, this is my first time here I am going to apply for a child contact order, I have already attended mediation meeting and I will receive certificate on 27.07.17 I have filled up c100 form and have found nearest court. My question is how to pay the fee and how to submit my application? Thanks for your support.

Our Response:
You can pay in person at the court by cheque, cash, debit or credit card or by post with a cheque made out to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’. I hope this helps.
SeparatedDads - 28-Jul-17 @ 12:33 PM
Hello ever body, this is my first time here I am going to apply for a child contact order, I have already attended mediation meeting and I will receive certificate on 27.07.17 I have filled up c100 form and have found nearest court. My question is how to pay the fee and how to submit my application? Thanks for your support.
Sib - 27-Jul-17 @ 2:25 AM
could anyone help me i am trying to get hold of maintancepaperwork from 27 yrs ago as i have lost mine i have case number any ideas will be welcomed thank you
whats this - 23-Jul-17 @ 2:50 PM
Mickey - Your Question:
I have been to the first hearing with my child's mother and was unable to resolve my case so have received a letter inviting me to another hearing. It says I need to write a statement to my child's mother. I am a bit confused by this as I thought at this stage I would only need to address the court and cant seem to find any advice online about how to go about this

Our Response:
I will put your question on our Facebook page to see if any of the dads who have been through this process before can advise. Please refer here for your answers.
SeparatedDads - 18-Jul-17 @ 11:46 AM
I have been to the first hearing with my child's mother and was unable to resolve my case so have received a letter inviting me to another hearing. It says I need to write a statement to my child's mother. I am a bit confused by this as I thought at this stage I would only need to address the court and cant seem to find any advice online about how to go about this
Mickey - 17-Jul-17 @ 5:28 PM
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