Ok, so here's the story.
I have a daughter 30 months old, me and her mum seperated when she was born My name is not on the birth certificate. I have been paying maintence through personal agreement not the CSA.
From the age of 13 months my daughter lived with grandparents in Poland but came back to the UK to be with her mum aged 26 months. In that time I went to visit her in Poland once and that was last xmas. I have been seeing her as and when i can since she has been back at least once a week, but the times and days have varried due to nothing been properly sorted between me and her mum. I want to sort something more permanant i.e set day and time each week so that there is continuity and both me and her know excatly where we stand.
I work shifts 6am-2pm / 10pm-6am / 2pm-10pm rotating weekly, I sometimes have overtime which is in 4 hr blocks either before my shift or after my shift My ex works 8am to 6pm.
So I suggested to her that I come on either sat/sun at 1pm for a minimum of 3hrs visiting.
She has refused this, saying that she is busy with her study at weekends, to which i said well, i'll have to have her on my own, which she rejected as i'm not on the birth certificate and have no parental rights. So I have said to her that we'll have to go through the courts and let them make a decision for us since we cant agree.
The thing is that I dont have a clue on where to start, does it all have to go through solicitors (which is gonna cost a fortune) or can i just apply to courts myself, not that i know how to do it. How can i go about getting my name on birth certificate.
Has anyone been in the same situation that knows the 'ropes' so to speak
All I want is to be a good dad to my daughter and to have regualr contact.