With Mina’s suspicions confirmed, she has now discovered there is a hearing in less than 24 hours. The Local Authority still have not been able to produce all the files for the parties to the case and Mina becomes increasingly more anxious as the hearing draws closer, knowing that her lawyers do not have all the information they need.
The morning of the hearing arrives but the all of the paperwork is still not forthcoming. The parties converge on the court-house. The hearing is adjourned, but not before making a non molestation order against Mohammed. The next hearing is set for three weeks’ time.
Mina is no longer allowed to have any communication with Mohammed. She has a full-time support worker at home. She feels very intimidated by the support worker, who sits and taps incessantly on her iPad, passes brusque remarks and makes Mina feel as if her parenting skills are woefully inadequate. Despite being placed on antidepressants, Mina does not feel any better. She has become even more tearful and is frightened of the support worker. She would like to ask the support worker to be a little more friendly, but she can’t find a way of doing this.
The atmosphere at home is tense and uncomfortable, making it hard for Mina to relax and be herself around the children. Mina and the children will have to endure this way of life for the foreseeable future, at least until the court makes a life changing order, one way or another.