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SnowWhiteWinter Fri 07-Dec-12 21:30:46

Thought I'd start a new thread as the pre school issue in my last one has been pretty much resolved (sob) and the thread moved on to other things...

So, DP's solicitor has advised him to apply for shared residency but that he needs to have a think if he wants to apply for 50/50 or a greater share of residency. I'm sure loads of you have been through residency cases and have residency orders - so I'd love to pick your brains. There's so much he didn't discuss with the solicitor at this stage - £200+ an hour I told him to get in and talk fast smile She's just talked him through the basics.

He would obviously love to have the DSD's more than 50% of the time- until recently we had them perhaps 80% of the time. But equally he understand they need to have lots of time with their mum to have a meaningful relationship.

So my questions are:

-Is there any real benefit to having a shared residence order 50/50 care? In your opinion was it worth the stress, worry and cost?

-If he made an application to court for shared residency how long would it likely be before the court date is set?

- Will it look bad on him if he proposes we have more than 50% residency (we have valid reasons, well, reasons we believe to be valid) will it look to a judge that he is trying to "take away" time with their mother and will him asking for more than 50% make a judge consider giving him less than 50%. (Their mum has stated clearly she only wants 50% but our solicitor warned us this often happens and at court the parent who previously only wanted 50% asks for more when they realize the other parent wants more.

Thank you and sorry to be abusing this forum and asking so many questions - we have lots of issues and having found this forum I feel like it would be silly not to ask for 1st hand advice here!


PoppyPrincess Tue 11-Dec-12 20:37:15

I managed to find it in the end, found it quite funny.

sanityseeker75 Tue 11-Dec-12 19:32:58

Oh, clearly not then hhmmm

bunchamunchycrunchycarrots Tue 11-Dec-12 01:17:19

Put the poster name 'HandsOFFplease' into search, it's the AIBU thread she's posted.

PoppyPrincess Tue 11-Dec-12 00:07:56

I can't find it sad

MissKeithLemon Mon 10-Dec-12 23:45:06

The overstepping one . ..

PoppyPrincess Mon 10-Dec-12 23:35:38

Ellie, which thread?

elliebellys Mon 10-Dec-12 22:40:54

All new ,you should take a will laugh.over on aibu.

PoppyPrincess Mon 10-Dec-12 22:21:48

spero please don't think that it's MY opinion that a parent 'lets' the parent see the child or that they should get 'the final say' over decisions, this isn't what I think should be the way things should be but I think that is how snow sees it going off what has been said on the other threads.

Yes both parents should have equal rights but in reality they don't. Unfortunately we live in a country where the law does very little about parents who don't let the other parent see their children...I know as its happening to DP at the mo. she won't even let him see them on Xmas day but its the kids I feel sorry though as she's not letting them see him. It's so sad sad

I think the OP likes having her DSD's as her own and isn't liking the fact that their mum has come back in their lives and she now feels like she's losing them and yes she wants control of them.

allnewtaketwo Mon 10-Dec-12 22:18:57

How bizarre!

elliebellys Mon 10-Dec-12 21:36:13

Nope she probably wont,but she has posted on other topics today.quigte an ironic post really.

allnewtaketwo Mon 10-Dec-12 18:16:05

I suspect in this case the dog has eaten the paperwork. It doesn't look like the OP is coming back

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 17:36:53

I agree, I cant see anyway a step parent gets PR without an order, married or not.

but is such a red herring! The mum still has her own PR so it's not a case of two beats one. All holders of PR have to agree, unless SGO or care order.

Poor children.

NotaDisneyMum Mon 10-Dec-12 17:08:50

spero in the OPs case, acknowledging the legal position is not something she has been prepared to do - even when the unanimous consensus was that only a court could have awarded her PR of her DPs DCs (she and her DP are not married) she continued to assert that she does and that she had no reason to lie about it.

In the face of such conviction, the needs of the DCs are often sidelined.

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 16:53:16

Loving the 'of course' - your cheque is in the post.

I know people don't act rationally when it comes to their children but that doesn't change the legal position which they do at least need to acknowledge! I hate this way that children are treated like some top trumps game - it's all about power and control for some people with apparently little or no thought about how this impacts on the children.

allnewtaketwo Mon 10-Dec-12 15:58:46

Spero - you are right of course.

But that assumes that people act logically and rationally. Try telling my DSSs mother that she doesn't have more rights than DH. Or that she doesn't have the final say on anything. And I think this situation is fairly common.

What of course (thankfully!) isn't so common is to hear this particular OP's story. General principles have well and truly left the building, so to speak.

It now seems that, despite being 100% certain she had PR, she has now gone extremely quiet after her DP being due to "find the paperwork" in the loft. It seems he didn't find what the OP was expecting.

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 15:08:24

Sorry, I haven't seen any other threads. just talking about general principles here. You don't 'let' the other parent see a child you don't have a 'final' say on fundamental matters such as education and health.

I am not sure what the other threads will reveal that could in any way impact on these basic legal principles.

PoppyPrincess Mon 10-Dec-12 14:50:23

Spero have a read of snows other threads

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 13:46:44

Keep re-reading your post princess and new things jump out at me every time! So the op 'lets' this mother see her own child??

Boggle. I think this op and her partner need to adjust their attitudes quite swiftly.

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 13:45:11

Of course the mother is allowed a say in the education her daughter is getting! That is one of the fundamental parenting issues.

Op and her partner need to respect this. If those with PR can't agree, or can't mediate, have to go t court I am afraid.

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 13:43:17

If parents can't agree they have to g to court and a judge will decide for them. If both parents have PR it is unlawful for one to impose their decision on the other. The only thing you can do is take you child out of the jurisdiction for 28 days without getting permission but only if you also have a residence order.

sanityseeker75 Mon 10-Dec-12 13:42:35


Have I missed a thread - did you check out the PR?

PoppyPrincess Mon 10-Dec-12 13:39:27

But if both parents want different things for the child then they can't both win so sometimes there needs to be a parent who has the final say.
If one parent wants the child to go to one school and the other parent wants them to go to another school and neither will budge on their decision then who 'wins'?
This is the kind of problem that snow is now facing, they've let the mother now have the girls 50% of the time but they don't like that she is beginning to have a say on which preschool she goes to.

Spero Mon 10-Dec-12 00:20:37

They won't get the right to make 'final' decisions unless they get a special guardianship order, which I can't see being appropriate in this kind of situation. The children's mum has PR too - every person with PR has to consult with the others, unless there is a care order or SGO. Her right to be consulted on every major decision in child's life is in no way related to the amount of time she spends with them.

You don't get to 'win' or be in control just because children spend more than 50% of their time with you. I think shared residence orders are complete red herring and usually totally irrelevant to what is actually going on in children's lives.

PoppyPrincess Mon 10-Dec-12 00:04:38

I suspect that what snow really trying to find out is whether her and DP can have the right to make final decisions over things. I think that is their main concern at the moment. They are happy with the girls spending 50% of their time with mum as long as OP and DP get to keep their control over them. Am I right?

Spero Sun 09-Dec-12 20:55:26

You and your partner can have the same lawyer if you are running the same case. You only have separate lawyers if there is a risk of a conflict between the two of you.

To ask what is the 'benefit' of an order for shared residence is not really a helpful question. It depends entirely on the circumstances of each individual child.

The general principles of law is that any decision must have the child's welfare as the paramount consideration, I.e. This isn't about wha parents want but what is best for the child. Children are entitled to a relationship with both parents, but a 'relationship' can't be defined by 50% of availalble time. In my experience it is very rare to find parenting split equally after separation. Vast majority of children will have a home with one parent and spend some over nights with other parent.

You don't say how old the children are, distances of your respective homes from their schools, so it is not easy to say what would suit them best here.

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