The child is 1 year old, the father is named on the birth certificate and currently lives with the mother but the mother is showing signs of instability, drinking a lot and not going out with the child, she relies on the baby's father to cook and shop even though he works longs hours on a self employed basis. The fathers family have supported the mother since before the birth of the baby as the mother has fallen out with her own family. The fathers family and particularly the paternal grandmother look after the baby's interest and up until now have had contact with the baby numerous times a week. The baby has recently suffered a sever burn to his arm from hair straighteners, the fathers family have been the ones to take the mother and baby for specialist hospital visits. The mother has recently turned on the fathers family cutting off contact. The father is staying in the relationship because he is worried for his son. We need to know how the father can guarantee rights to his son if the mother decides to cut off all contact and take the baby away, she has no family support other than the fathers family. The concern is that if anything happened to the mother the father would loose custody to the mothers mother who is also unstable and has a history of mental problems.
The baby pulled the hair straighteners off of the dressing table by pulling the lead, he had just started walking. The hospital notified Social Services who phoned the mother, they were going to make a home visit but have not done so
Thank you for the reply. We have been told that the father suould sign some form of legal parental control form to ensure he has legal wright over his son, is this correct and if so does this have to be via a solicitor.