So I have a friend who had a baby a approx 3 months ago. Her and her partner split up and he went back to an ex girlfriend, he still sees the baby and my friend has no problems with that but the other day she dropped her off and went back later to pick her up and (her ex lives with his parents still) the parents answered the door and said she's not having her back and they're going to court to get custody, she has contacted social services who can't do anything because the baby is not in any danger, and the police can't do anything either because it's not a crime as he's on the birth certificate, just wanting some advice, is there not anything that can be done in a situation like this? She has a meeting with a solicitor but I can't stand the thought of her not having her baby all over Christmas AIBU to think there is more to the story? I would have thought more could be done?
I am not legal and guessing here, but I wonder if they can ask for an emergency court hearing as the baby is so small, and it is not normal that father gets custody over the mother with a tiny baby (OK, a father might argue why not, but that is the way it is) and it is not in the baby's best interest to leave mum.
It’s actually more common than people think, although usually it is the mother who refuses to adhere to contact arrangements and the father doesn’t push it. The police won’t help. I don’t know what the answer is, actually.