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If they both jointly own the house, the starting point is that they are both entitled to use it. However, she could apply to the Court for urgent help, and it could grant what is called an occupation order, which could have to consquence of forcing him to stay out of the property.
How long does this take
How long does that process take. Also what can be done about his timekeeping with the children
This would take days. It is an emergency type of application, and the only delay is the delay it would take her solicitor to make the application and prepare the necessaty application and witness statement in support. I have known these things obtained the same day or next day.
Does she have to provide evidence and if so what kind of evidence, obviously he will not admit to the harrasment
There is a useful guide here: http://england.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/relationship_breakdown/occupation_orders#getting_an_occupation_order
There is never an admission of the need for an order in this type of case. The Court simply needs to understand why the order is sought, that its inappropriate for him to remain in the property in the short-term, and that the reasons for that are whatever they are, such as the danger of violence.
Is there anything she can do about his insistence that he can keep the kids for as long as he wants despite her asking him to return them at a reasonable time
Sorry I thought I just answered this.
Agreement should try and be reached first about the children and who sees them and when. If agreement cannot be reached, then you should try and use a local family mediation service. You could try: http://www.familymediationhelpline.co.uk/find-service.php
If mediation fails, then the Court will entertain an application for contact rights etc. However, it will expect an attempt at mediation to be tried first.