I believe we will be pushed to a fact finding hearing, where I will be the applicant in a fact finding hearing. I am struggling to find examples of a Scott Schedule which relates to emotional abuse/harassment/threatening behaviour etc rather than physical abuse. Does anyone have any good resources/websites on this?
Hi, hope your well. I did a Scots schedule a couple of weeks ago, I also struggled with examples. The only one that I found slightly useful was the one by women’s aid, it had a couple of examples of emotional/verbal abuse x
Yes can make a difference. If your a dad you would avoid going down that path as it makes matters more complex. It would cause more delays trying to get contact with children and as a dad you wouldnt achieve anything at the end of it.
As a mum there could be a find a fact hearing. If there is evidence then there would be implications for dad seeing children if hearing did not go in his favor.
This could be a result meaning small implication to major ones as a consequence.
I think if a scotts schedule is asked for you list up to about a maximum of 10 things that have happened and there would need to be some evidence to back it up for it to stick. There are things like parenting courses/separated parenting programmes he could on if you decide or courts decide not to do a fact finding.
Sometimes a judge/magistrate can base his decision on how father represents himself and read relevant cafcass reports as well as background criminal record etc.
I would rather not go to fact finding, but everyone seems to be in agreement that as the allegations would affect the judges decision, and the respondent continues to deny everything (even when there’s evidence in front of him in black and white) that we will end up there.
I think this issue I am facing is that a Scott schedule is aimed at like set incidents, on a set day, at a set time. Emotional abuse doesn’t look like that, it’s systematic, small increments of abusive behaviour which build over time to cause distress, disassociation and prolonged anxiety. It’s hard to pin point what, exactly, the court would look for you to show… as one instance of emotional abuse might not be seen for what it is without context and background… and I’m aware the court does not wish to read my life story!
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