For the 6 months prior to leaving, he subjected my two children (especially the eldest) and myself to emotional neglect/cruelty through ignoring, detachment, coldness etc. My eldest has obviously been affected by this. He is also a heavy weekend drinker and therefore I have concerns if they had needs in the night and he couldn't hear respond etc.
That said, I do not think that he would willfully harm them physically.
My concerns are as their mum and the person that has nurtured and cared for them. I am keen to understand how much contact needs to be agreed or if he can just dictate arrangements i.e. he has today said that he will go to school and nursery on Friday when I'm at work and take them to his house and bring them back the next day. I have said no to this, but he has told me I have no right to say no and he is doing it.
Thank you for your reply Caroline.
With reference to the C100, could you confirm that would be applicable if he took the children without my prior agreement or kept them overnight without my prior agreement or does it not come into effect that quickly?
Apologies for the further question, I'm just so unclear about what my rights are as their mother and primary carer. I would have thought arrangements would have to be agreed between us and not taken into his own hands. I am not denying or preventing contact, but do want a say in what those arrangements are.
Thank you for your help.