Suspension of contact with abusive father

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    Do I have to list reasons as to why contact is being suspended with children’s abusive father or do I wait until he takes me to the family court . He has had multiple chances of rectifying issues brought to his attention but still continues to put his children in danger…. Thankyou In advance

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    If you’re the resident parent and there is no court order in place, you do not have to give any reason for suspending contact. You’ve given him chances and he’s still putting your children in danger. Your children come first, if they’re not safe when they’re with him, keep them with you. xx

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    Thankyou for your reply.
    I should have put above, that my children are 12 and 15 and have their own phones and last time I stopped contact their father harassed them and his family also. The children are in agreement to block his contact but as you can imagine with all of the social media and apps it is even harder now. If he starts to harass them do I have any way of stopping this or can I put this in place before hand to prevent?
    he also refuses to go through me to arrange contact, his girlfriend won’t allow it, so he goes through the children (only this past year since they met). This is having a really negative impact on them.
    There are so many finer details but too much and too personal to go into xx

    #59099 Report


    It is difficult with social media, and all I can suggest is that your children block him on every platform and block his family too. You could try and get a non molestation order out on him if you feel its necessary. He shouldn’t be going through the children, if he can’t talk to you he should talk to another adult.

    I understand what you mean, I’m in a similar position myself, but I’m always about to talk if you need it


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    Hi there Babydonut,

    I’m one of the moderators here on the forum. You may find it useful to ring the Gingerbread helpline to talk this through.

    Gingerbread Single Parent Helpline- Freephone 08088020925. Opening hours are Mon 10 to 6, Tues 10 to 4, Weds 10 to 1 and 5 to 7, Thurs 10 to 4, Fri 10 to 4. They can be busy so callers can expect to wait up to 20 minutes before the call is answered.

    You can also contact the Child Law advice service who provide legal advice on family law issues related to children. They have information on their website and a helpline staffed by legal specialists. Call 0300 330 5480.
    I hope this is helpful. Best regards, Helen


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