Hanging around like a bad (but rather good looking) smell, Callum has been tormenting Coronation Street’s David of late. Winding him up by duping him into carrying a drugs package (which turned out to be little more than an empty box), and generally using Max as a pawn in his tormenting game.
Over the last week we’ve seen Callum rock up with a letter addressed to David which his solicitor had kindly given him to deliver. Callum had spent a lot of money on a solicitor’s letter, and this note informed David that Callum was applying to the court for a residency order. David was then forced to tell Max that Callum was his biological father.
We then saw little Max’s eyes light up when Callum turned up with a bag of designer gear for the nipper. “Mint!” said little Max, the first time since approximately 1996 that anyone has used that adjective to describe such a baseball cap.
What’s going on? Why is David being such a doormat? Is he just going to sit back and let Callum walk all over him and the rest of the Platt household? And incidentally, where’s Lilly when all of this is going on?
There’s only one person to ask, fresh back from her maternity leave, soap obsessive family law solicitor and member of The Law Society’s Advanced Family Panel, Rebecca Finnigan.
In the words of the Chuckle Brothers- oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.
He might have paid a lot of money for the letter from his solicitor, but he might want to look for a refund as his advice is about 12 months out of date. Firstly there was never such a thing as a “residency order”, it was a residence order. Secondly, residence orders are no longer made by the courts. An order relating to the residence (i.e. living) or contact arrangements for a child are now referred to as a child arrangements order.
It is unlikely Callum’s solicitor would have charged him with the task of hand delivering the letter to David. It’s something which would be seen to be liable to inflame the situation, and something his solicitor would have been likely to avoid if they were a member of Resolution.
Dozy David obviously has not been listening to our previous words (or rants, call it what you will) and has decided that the head in the sand approach is the way forward.
It would be my view that the best approach for David is to be proactive himself, not to leave the ball in Callum’s court, and to make an application to the court himself for a child arrangement order of his own. David could consider asking the court to deal with arrangements for Callum’s contact with Max ‘in the interim’ (that is, until a final agreement is reached or a final decision made by the court).
Callum’s shenanigans are unlikely to go down well with the court – tormenting a child’s step father and main carer, dropping the bombshell that he is Max’s real dad, and turning up unannounced with inappropriate presents such as a smart phone. These could well be interpreted as not being in Max’s best interests.
So please do us all a favour David, pick up the phone and make an appointment to see your local family law solicitor. We’re a friendly bunch really! Details of specialist solicitors can be found through Resolution or The Law Society. Our expert team at Canter Levin and Berg are as ever happy to oblige.