Henry and his ex split up about a year ago. They both live in Woodley, Reading and their son, aged 5, lives with Henry’s ex.
Henry wants to see his son regularly, but his ex keeps finding ways of stopping that happening. She says his son is ill, or they have something else planned. Henry didn’t get to see his son on Father’s Day, and only managed to get an hour with him on Christmas Day.
What’s more is Henry has just found out that she has moved her new partner into her house and they are thinking of moving away from Woodley, Reading. His son says he is moving to a new school, but no-one has asked Henry what he thinks.
And his ex is adamant that their son must never ever meet Henry’s girlfriend, despite their being together for over six months.
Money really matters
Henry isn’t minted. He’s a chef and is living with his parents while he saves up a deposit for a house. At first, he was put off looking for a solicitor by the costs he thought he’d have to pay. But, after realising he wasn’t getting any nearer to seeing his son, he spoke to Mum and Dad who agreed to lend him the money to get a proper arrangement.
Henry needed legal advice and a formal agreement for him to see his son – that’s when he came to us for a fixed fee initial consultation on family law.
“Once I had proper legal advice, I could see what my options were.
I came away from Family First with a list of things to do, including getting an early MIAMS for mediation and trying to get my ex round the table to talk about it. She didn’t want to, so I contacted the school directly and found out my son was supposed to be leaving in two weeks’ time!” – Henry.
“Once I had proper legal advice, I could see what my options were. I came away from Family First with a list of things to do, including getting an early MIAMS for mediation and trying to get my ex round the table to talk about it. She didn’t want to, so I contacted the school directly and found out my son was supposed to be leaving in two weeks’ time!”
We needed to take action – fast.
We made an emergency application on Henry’s behalf to prevent his ex leaving without talking about proper contact between Henry and his son. It also turned out that her new boyfriend was not so brilliant after all, and had a few convictions for beating previous girlfriends.
We went through a Cafcass report which showed that Henry’s son would benefit from seeing more of Henry.
We gave Henry full court representation and he now has an order where he shares the care of his son with his ex. (and fortunately, the new boyfriend has left the scene).
The Family Law Services we provided for Henry:
- Fixed fee initial family law consultation
- Court representation
- Mediation advice about a MIAMS
- Contact arrangement
- Parental responsibility advice
- Advice on emergency children act law
- Internal relocation
- Christmas contact advice
“In the end, I did have to go to court, but Family First were brilliant. I needed their full representation service, but they never write endless letters, and concentrated on the main issues and the court representation.
Me and my ex have become a lot less bitter towards each other. We have both had to back down on things. It can still be prickly, but knowing what the rules are and having certainty is really helping. We all know where we stand, especially my son.”
– Henry, Woodley, Reading