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Court Shambles 2 months 2 days ago #110828

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I arrived at court today for my contested hearing, only to be told it has been re-listed for the 7th January, I had not been informed of this and neither had my ex as she turned up as well? I have no idea why this is and I cannot believe we were not informed. So now I have to wait another 2 months!! Absolute shambles.

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Court Shambles 2 months 2 days ago #110829

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hi Ferfer,

that's ridiculous. Last year my barristers clerk told me at short notice my hearing has been re-listed. sounded clueless. so first thing in morning i went to court to look at the walls to check the listings, and it was still going ahead as scheduled. Am surprised court did not call you or atleast e-mail.

what is your current situation. Are you having interim contact with your kids?

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Court Shambles 2 months 2 days ago #110831

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I have no idea, I had no emails, calls or letters. I have been in the queue on the phone for nearly 2 hours now to try and find out why it changed and why we werent told.

The fact my ex was there too shows they didnt get told either. So i assume I will just be getting my usual 3 hours every two weeks until the new year now? I have not heard back from her solicitor yet, I will ask for longer duration but I wont hold my breath on that being granted

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Court Shambles 1 month 3 weeks ago #110911

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I received a letter from the court this morning saying there was an admin error and the hearing was deleted from the diary? So now have to wait for January!!!

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Court Shambles 1 month 3 weeks ago #110913

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what a joke. make a complaint and ask can a hearing happen in December.

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-c...complaints-procedure

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Court Shambles 1 month 3 weeks ago #110946

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You would be surprised how often this type of administrative error happens with the courts. It really is unacceptable.

I agree it's worth raising this as a complaint and seeing if they can schedule a DRA before Christmas.

Have cafcass made any recommendations in the proceedings? If they have and they're positive, you could mention this to her solicitor and suggest some special contact for Christmas maybe?

Hang on in there.

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Court Shambles 1 month 3 weeks ago #110967

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Thanks. I have emailed in a complaint and asked if it can be bought forward, but i wont hold my breath. I think my ex will be pleased it did not happen on the day and that i have to wait. not heard back regarding my complaint though.

Cafcass said in the first safeguarding report in 2019 that the children should be back with their father as soon as possible. But my ex just makes it impossible. She used covid as an excuse and ignored the fact the government allow children to move between homes. Had cafcass involved again when i applied to enforce the order, they raised no concerns and contact should continue based on the original order. My ex stated that she is not happy with it and suggested 6 months of unsupervised visits for three hours every two weeks. Cafcass said that was not acceptable. This is what the hearing last week should have been about. The ex has since said in her contact proposal, she will consider overnights stays as of November 2021!!! They should be overnights in September this year. She and her solicitor do not seem to understand that having to wait 12 months for overnights is a breach of the order itself!

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