Our expert says:
It sounds as if the problem lies in good part because they were relying on an informal, verbal agreement between them, which left her totally free to change her mind as it suited her. FOr issues that matter so much ( and apart from the wishes of the two parents, even more important it's the child's way of life and her future that is at stake )
You all, surely, need a good legal opinion to be absolutely clear on what can be done legally. That's not my area of expertise, but I believe that even though they're not married, he should still have some rights in law, and the mother isn't entitled to frivolously provide and withhold access to the child. It may be possible with the help of the lawyer, both to exercise what rights he does have under the law, and even to seek a court decision on custody and related rights, which neither would thereafter be free to break as they pleased. The primary issue for the court would be to decide what was in the best interests of the child.
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