quick bit of background dd 2 years old not seen dad since she was 3weeks old has never paid for her he was sent to prison he has been violent and threatening towards me, stole car, smashed up house, smashed up car,threatened to kill me, threatened to take daughter. All reported to the police found guilty and charged with harrassment several times, criminal damage x2, stealing car, drink driving.Been in prison currently doing community service, probation, alcohol treatment, has a restraining order etc. Currently taking me to court for contact am going to oppose contact but say indirect contact
i dont know what indirect contact is but he hasnt shown much good parenting in her short years. i think you have reason not to want him to see her. maybe say if you stay out of trouble completly for 6 months, get a job or at least some stability and then maybe more contact? then he has something to work towards and to keep on the straight and narrow?
See in general I'm all for dads having contact with their children and mums not being able to use the fact they don't like them / have differing views on parenting to oppose that. Prison for non violent crimes shouldn't necessarily be a barrier to this either.
His behaviour however is in a completely different league to this. For him to have anything other than very closely supervised contact would be a danger to her. And to put you in contact with him could be a danger to you.
What would have happened if he'd been lone parent and been put in prison for this kind of violent and dangerous behaviour? He may well have lost his child anyway if he didn't have family to look after her and possibly even if he did.
Get yourself a solicitor now. Indirect contact is the most he deserves unless he can show clearly and over time that he is sorting himself out and would not be a danger to her or you.
went to court the other day, he turned up tracksuit, cap trainers and no solicitor. judge had to ask him to remove his cap and he has no representation which i think is a good thing hopefully he'll give up. were back at the end of the month he has to write a statement explaining his previous behaviour and why he opposes the name change
I would want to agree to no more than indirect contact.
This isn't about punishing him for not being the man/dad you'd rather he was, it's about you protecting your child from someone who is clearly not someone you'd choose to have your child around if she weren't his daughter!
Good luck. Indirect contact sounds great. Have often wondered whether I was wrong to allow my (2 yr prison sentence for violence) husband contact with the children, although it was supervised and arranged through a third party. At the time I was obsessed with the idea that they had a right to a relationship with him but of course he was only ever intermittently interested in having a relationship with them. It is very difficult.