Helping a Mother vary contact to ensure supervision

Marie acted for a Mother in an application where her former partner, the Father of their child, had made an application to enforce a CAO for him to spend time with the child, made by consent last year.

 

The order provided for contact to be ‘supported’ at a contact centre, however, the Mother was not legally represented during those proceedings and did not appreciate that this meant the contact was not being supervised, as it had been previously.

There were other issues with contact, and as a result the Mother suspended contact and offered supervised contact. The Father refused that offer and issued an application to enforce. The Mother made a cross-application to vary the contact.

At the FHDRA directions were made and supervised contact at a contact centre was agreed, whilst Cafcass investigations take place. The Mother was unrepresented and the Father refused to undertake drug tests.

At the DRA directions were made for the Father to undergo drug testing and a s.7 report. The case was listed for a further DRA when that evidence is available and contact will remain supervised until then.