Representing a Father in a case involving multiple children with different fathers

Sandria represented a Father in a complicated case where there are now numerous children with several different Fathers. The children have been placed in family placements, and the youngest child was with the Mother in a foster care placement.

On behalf of the Father, Sandria secured a placement with his child, and one elder child whom he cared for while living with the Mother. A global assessment would be carried out and Sandria secured agreement that the funding would be shared and that the Local Authority would pay the shortfall from Legal Aid Rates.

The Mother, meanwhile, sought an extension to a non-molestation order against the Father, having brought allegations of a variety of breaches, all of which were denied.

The Father had been contacted on several occasions by the Mother, alleging breaches of the order when the Father delivers the children for contact. However, the care orders specify his attendance, so steps were taken to have it recorded in the main order that Mother should not arrive at contact handovers at the same time as the Father.

Sandria had the extension to the non-molestation order discharged, with her client giving undertakings with the addition that all or any communications by the Mother would be ignored.