Can a NR parent just keep messing dc about with irregular visits and contact?(14 Posts)
At 10 I think a court would take a child's wishes into account. They would talk to her about why she no longer wants contact with her father. You would need to provide evidence in the form of a diary when contact had been arranged and whether or not it went ahead for a court case. With his current once-a-year habit, if he did take you to court I doubt they would issue a contact order, as you have not prevented him seeing his daughter and presumably he also makes no effort in other ways like regular phone calls, texts, email, skype.
I think taking you to court could backfire on him if they believe all his lies because they might possibly decide he should see DD at a contact centre once a fortnight and then he will have to attend, or have his failure to turn up noted by the staff there, plus the fact that you have turned up as required with DD. You might also question his ability to pay maintenance, especially if you are required to travel to these contact meetings (two fares each way on train or bus) which your solicitor will request. I think when you present it to him like that he will back off if he threatens you with court. At the end of the day it's the child's right to contact with the parent, not the parents right to contact with the child, and DD doesn't want contact. Not surprising, as he lets her down so much and he is almost a stranger to her.
It might be best to do as hopandskip says, and just keep things as they are, but asking for definite dates and times to be arranged for contact. It won't be long before she is old enough to decide whether to see him or not and he won't be able to insist legally.
Op they will only order you to make the journey if you are able to do it and don't have reasonable cause not to.
I was threatened with jail because and all because my DC's were ill so i kept them away from the contact center. My ex went whining to the judge on the next court date saying that i was keeping them away from him.
He however turns up as and when he feels like it, this is ignored at court.
I can only relate my experience and i am well aware that this will not be everyones opinion.
If there is no court order then basically say no, If he is serious about seeing his children then he can take it court where contact will be regulated some what.
My sister's ex took her to court to arrange access to my nephew. Every month, my poor little nephew will stand under the clock in town showing that the time is 10.00, holding a copy of that day's newspaper to prove that she'd been waiting for the ex but he hadn't shown. Two years this has been going on, every six months he takes her to court for access and then never shows. The thing is she's never withheld access from him, he's just decided that he fancies a trip to court.
Sorry X post. Could you give him your phone number so he can text instead to avoid having to check your inbox? Or would he use that to harass you?
Realistically, if you haven't heard from him in however many months, and you miss an email for a week or 2 you're not going to get in trouble, there's no court order.
If there's no court order in place, then next time he contacts you, say "We already have plans sorry, you need to give me a weeks notice in future as we can't just cancel everything last minute each time" then repeat until he does this.
If you have a court order and he's not turning up, tell him you will need confirmation the day before that he will be coming, and that if you don't get this you will assume he isn't due to him consistantly not turning up, and can't garentee being in as the children need to be allowed to get on with their lives and it isn't fair on them waiting in for no reason.
If he starts telling you the day before he will be coming, and then not turning up, then start texting/emailing him a few days before/when you know your plans saying "Due to you consistantly telling me you are coming to see the DC and not turning up, we will have to continue with our day to day activities as it is upsetting DC having to sit in the house waiting for no reason. Therefore if you are wanting to collect DC for contact today, we will be at _ until _time, and home by __. Let me know when you are nearby if you want to collect the DC.
You might want to double check with your solicitor before the last part, but I can't see why that would be a problem, as you are still being very reasonable, and contact is availiable.
Hopefully he will get bored of messing you around once he realizes it isn't working as well anymore. How old are DC?
MariusEarlobe, how old is your DD?
SparklyVampire, how many resident parents do you know who have been sent to jail for stopping contact?
It is in my experience that the NRP can do what the hell they like and the courts will do nothing. But if the RP dares to not make the children avaliable for contact for whatever reason then they will go to jail. If you have no court ordered contact in place then i would suggest telling the NRP to leave you alone and take you there because this sporadic arrangement is not good for children
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