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(@adj101)
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Hi guys,

Is it normal for the court to request the child attends the FHDRA? Our child will be 12 by this date.
Child has been requesting to live with me so I requested a feelings and wishes report, to which CAFCASS agreed (as part of the section 7 report) on the initial call.

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Topic starter Posted : 21/06/2024 6:59 pm
(@bill337)
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hi,

it's pretty rare for court to request child to attend. you may be able to request court to let you take a tour of the building/court room in advance, so it less daunting experience for child. hope it goes well for you.

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Posted : 21/06/2024 10:35 pm

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(@adj101)
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@bill337 thanks very much! It's actually a good idea.

It seems the court may be using a new pilot scheme called 'pathfinder' where they involve the children early (due to their age).

I need to tell our daughter, but her mum's solicitor is demanding I don't discuss anything regarding proceedings. My daughter has been expressing a wish to live with me for a while (and has also told the GP and her school) so it feels like they're trying to silence her. How do I tell her that she finally has the opportunity to have a say, but not be accused of alienation?

 

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Topic starter Posted : 22/06/2024 6:20 pm
(@bill337)
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@adj101 this may help:

Explaining Family Court decisions to children: guidance for parents and carers

https://www.gov.wales/explaining-family-court-decisions-children-guidance-parents-and-carers

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Posted : 23/06/2024 4:40 pm
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(@katebrownell86)
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Posted by: @adj101

Hi guys,

Is it normal for the court to request the child attends the FHDRA? Our child will be 12 by this date.
Child has been requesting to live with me so I requested a feelings and wishes report, to which CAFCASS agreed (as part of the section 7 report) on the initial call.

Yes, it can be normal for the court to request that a child attend the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment (FHDRA), especially if the child is older and their views are relevant to the case. Since your child is 12, the court may consider their input valuable. The fact that CAFCASS agreed to a feelings and wishes report as part of the Section 7 report indicates that your child's views are being taken seriously. This process helps the court make a more informed decision that considers the child's best interests.

 

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Posted : 25/06/2024 6:36 am
(@adj101)
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@bill337 very helpful thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : 26/06/2024 10:13 pm

(@adj101)
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@katebrownell86 This is what I thought, and am hoping is the case moving forward. Thank you!

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Topic starter Posted : 26/06/2024 10:17 pm

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