Our expert says:
He HAS to pay maintenance, and this has nothing to do with whether or not he sees her --- its not as though the child charges an admission fee ! See the people at your local Magistrate's / Maintenance COurt and start proceedings to force him to pay maintenance. Don't allow him to evade his responsibilities. His sexual preferences are totally irrelevant to his duties. If indeed he is gay, and nothing about his preferences seems sure, he could still be an excellent parent to the child ; if he is as selfish and uncaring as he sounds, THAT would make him potentially unfit as a parent. His agression, fighting in front of the child, etc., add to this problem. He may have to pay maintenance, but the court may decide he should have limited ot no access to the child.
Sounds, too, as though the child is sufering from anxiety, and some separation anxiety, which is understandable. Is it pratical to take her to see a child shrink for assessment and advice ? Its not YOUR fault, and if this is a loving and caring man you are now involved with, ultimately this will be all to the good.
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