I last saw him for a few minutes about three weeks ago on his fathers doorstep, when I delivered some comics to him.
As soon as his new partner gave birth to their new son three years ago, he started restricting my involvement with Nathan. Nathan was expressing to me his unhappiness with the arguments his father and new partner were having. He said he was going to run away and come and live with me. I understood that as being how he felt and comforted him as an Aunt would.
Later my brother accused me of reporting him to social services regarding his care of Nathan, something I have not done. I think he believes I want to adopt Nathan. He has had protracted custody cases with the mother of Nathan and a previous partner.
I think he wants to stop me seeing Nathan as a form of control, because he can. Nathan is fond of me and his mother lives in the USA.
I feel for Nathan & miss seeing him. His father is now making it difficult for me to speak to him on the phone, which happens about once a fortnight if I don't see him when I take his comics round. I have now been asked not to phone the house phone ( they have a four month new baby) and instead phone my brothers mobile phone. This is a new demand and when I phoned on Saturday he did not answer or follow up a text asking for Nathan to call me.
This is why I decided to contact your firm. I want to know whether I have any legal rights as an Aunt and how difficult it would be to exercise them.
He did not actually live with me. I picked him up from school and gave him dinner most days after school. I also bought him clothes and shoes.
This was 2009 when he was eight until 2011 when my brothers partner had a baby in the June.
I was first asked by my brother to come home from Thailand where I was teaching to have Nathan live with me. I agreed, but he changed the arrangement from living with me to doing a daily care routine as I was leaving Thailand.
Things between us got difficult between us around the time of the birth of his baby. He has had a further baby this March.
When I drop off his comics to his fathers house I sometimes get to speak to him for a few minutes on the doorstep.
I see him for a few hours about three times a year during schools holidays for a couple of hours but only in the company of a friend. My brother wont let me see him on my own.
No I would not say that, Every holiday I make arrangements to see him and until last year I was able to see him every week on his way to school. He has since gone to Secondary school and that contact is not possible anymore.
I continue to take him comics regularly and usually see him on those occasions even if only for a short time.
It is taking a long time for an answer, why is this?