Oh my goodness Tatties Mum you have really given me hope for our directions hearing next week. This has caused me so much stress and worry FOB contacted my solicitor yesterday saying that he was contesting everything in the report and that he has now enlisted the support of a solicitor (he had represented himself in person up until now) and that as he was not in agreement he would be requesting a contested hearing. The hearing next week will be our third directions hearing and the judge is already not very happy with FOB's behaviour (FOB was over an hour late for our last hearing!!) so I really really hope that the judge just orders what has been recommended on the Cafcass report without it going to a final hearing. The problem is that my solicitor tells me that it has to go to a final hearing if either party is in disagreement with the cafcass report. I am in complete agreement with it and just want the judge to stamp it at the next hearing and be done with it all.
FOB didn't attend his Cafcass interview and didn't attend the observed contact. He ignored the Cafcass officer completely by avoiding her emails and phonecalls and yet has put in a complaint about her conduct!!!
Arrrgh so stressful!!
My ex even had a barrister on board at one point, for all the good it did him
The bottom line is that, even if it does get directed onto a final hearing, Judges nearly always just rubber stamp the Cafcass report - especially so when one party hasn't co-operated fully with Cafcass
My case went on for nearly 3 years in total and I thought it would never end ... the stress is unbelievable I know But with a Cafcass report already done you are nearly there now
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