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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107333

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Hi there. Long story short so I don’t bore you regulars who have probably heard enough questions, haha!

Ex abuses drugs and alcohol, cafcass section 7 recommends shared care order but more time with me.
But since court proceedings began there have been the expected domestic abuse allegations, none found true, however mum has been asked to file a statement by tomorrow and I have 2 weeks to reply, which I feel confident with, I have lots of evidence.

I just have a couple of queries if anyone can help?
I’m a litigant in person, she has now hired a solicitor for a final hearing, I’m not bothering as I know I have what I need.
All I need to know is what shall I put in my bundle?
I know her solicitor will have to do this, shall I contact them to confirm?

I will have a position statement and witness statement. But I also have 2 character statements from my step sons dad and his wife stating there’s no concerns in our household. I’ve added this as an exhibit in the witness statement is this right or are these sent in separately?

Anything else I need do you think? Or any advice on my statement?

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107334

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Sorry can I also ask as well, it says that you need permission from the court to put certain things in the bundle?
Would this be needed for the character statements and for an email sent by the mediation officer to confirm something?

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107341

hi,

does the court papers state that you have to produce a bundle? normally, if your litigant in person, and your ex has a solicitor, they are tasked with doing a bundle for you and the court.

check this about witness statements, it mentions how to deal with exhibits:

childlawadvice.org.uk/witness-statements/

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107344

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Thanks Bill that's a useful page. It states on the court papers "the claimant"?
Like you I thought her solicitor would have to do it? How do I clarify this? (This is my first ever and hopefully last (ha) final hearing so its a bit confusing.)

Do you have any idea if I need to ask permission to use character references or if I'm able to attach them as exhibits in my witness statement? I don't want them rejected by her solicitor at the last minute

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107347

hi, about the bundle its difficult to give an answer unless i see the paper. or you could email or phone court to ask about it. i would just add the character reference in the exhibit.
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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107356

You are doing a great job already self representing yourself. You have a section 7 report in your favour as well. accept their recommendations and stress u would like to co-parent with mum. so u want what they are recommending , her solicitor can't change this as its very hard to overturn a section 7 report recommendation .

If you want to bring it home so to speak and are nervous and worried it could change then hire a barrister from chambers which will cost around £1000 upwards. I am confident myself that you can do it on your own though. you need to come across in final hearing that you are promoting contact despite your ex abuses alcohol and drugs. even say u wish she had help , its all about getting residency :)
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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107361

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Thankyou, I am starting to feel anxious. She tried to set me up the other day by trying to get me to pick up my daughter from hers, when we haven’t been doing this and has been approaching me. Luckily my daughter is old enough to tell the truth but it is a worry still, I will see what her statement is like and what supposed “evidence” she has, which as far I’m aware is two txts I sent over the years due to frustration!! But we’ll see: if it really undermines the report which I’m sure it won’t (I’m
Just worried) then I’ll get a barrister.

What I wanted to know was does she do the bundle as she has a solicitor? Do I ask her or them?


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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107363

hi,

i wouldn't worry about some texts sent years ago. i did a lot worse lol and cafcass were not interested, and saw no safeguarding issues with kids.

if court paper is not asking you to do bundle, then you don't do it. in my recent hearings, i was self-representing, and ex solicitor rang me and said they want my email, so they can send me a bundle.

when you mention a set up, have she been keeping child away due to covid? maybe it was genuine. my ex realised that after keeping kids away from me for 3 months, its not good idea to keep them away more until september. she wants to resume contact.

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No as in we normally meet in a neutral public location, she has not been to my home for months due to an incident in March where she pushed me out of the way and snatched my daughters hand and dragged her to her car when I knew she had been drinking and I told her to come back later, she refused.

But at the weekend after her first meeting with solicitor she said her car was in the garage and to come to hers to pick her up. I declined and said my mum will drive to get her, next minute her car was fixed and she turned up at my home. Think she wanted to accuse me of something as she has nothing on me, just allegations.

It’s so stressful isn’t it, how do they get away with all this?

I’ve been quite confident all along but starting to feel nervous now

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No as in we normally meet in a neutral public location, she has not been to my home for months due to an incident in March where she pushed me out of the way and snatched my daughters hand and dragged her to her car when I knew she had been drinking and I told her to come back later, she refused.

But at the weekend after her first meeting with solicitor she said her car was in the garage and to come to hers to pick her up. I declined and said my mum will drive to get her, next minute her car was fixed and she turned up at my home. Think she wanted to accuse me of something as she has nothing on me, just allegations.

It’s so stressful isn’t it, how do they get away with all this?

I’ve been quite confident all along but starting to feel nervous now

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107373

hi,

what recommendations have cafcass given you? if you can give short summary

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Bundle advice 8 months 1 week ago #107376

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I’ll message you Bill if that’s ok? Just incase

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