DEAR DEIDRE: IF anything happened to me, I am terrified that my daughter might end up with her dad or his family.
I am 28 and a single mum. I left my ex-husband six years ago because he was violent and a drunk.
Thankfully, my daughter – who is now eight – doesn’t remember any of it.
My ex has never taken the slightest interest in her life or asked to see her.
The only contact she has is twice a year when she goes to his parents’ home for a few days. They don’t see my ex.
But this week, I woke up in a cold sweat with the thought that if I were to die, my daughter could end up with him or his parents.
He is named on her birth certificate. While I like his parents, I hate there being a possibility he could walk back into her life.
DEIDRE SAYS: It is very unlikely anything like that will happen to you in the near future.
However, I understand that you want peace of mind.
You need to take legal advice to understand where you both stand should he want to come back into her life more in the future.
Please get in touch with Coram Children’s Legal Centre – see bit.ly/3x0K05b.
They will understand the issues here and can support you.
The fact your ex has shown no interest in your daughter’s life to date would be a factor in any court’s decision.
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