Our expert says:
DO go to the maintenance court, and have a fair amount set by the court, for the sake of your child. You are both wrong in linking maintenance and access to the child. You are not legally entitled to refuse him access to the child, even if he paid no maintenance, nor is he entitled to refuse to pay maintenance ( once its set by a court, especially ) just because he isn't getting access. They are 2 different things and should not be linked.
What matters most is what is best for the child, and it is better for her to see and develop a relationship with her father, than to be kept from him because her mother wants to be spiteful towards that dad.
GO to maintenance court, which can set down fair amounts for him to pay as maintenance, and can also order an agreed amount of access for him, which pushes him towards being responsible, and not only now and then.
Its sad if he hurt your feelings, but that is separate from what would be best for the child. NBever use a child as a weapon.
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