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Many thanks for your help. As it stands now the ex wife has sent a solicitors letter to my partner. In brief the current situation is this - my partner Derek has full custody of his daughter awarded by the court due to his ex wife being dependant on alcohol and her inability to look after her daughter. she was awarded a contact on a Saturday 9am - 8pm which is a court order for this. This has been upheld by my partner despite his daughter ( ages 10 ) calling to advise him her mum has been drinking and is saying inappropriate things to the child. For the last 2 Saturdays the child has expressed her wish not to visit her mum on the basis she does not feel safe. My partner did not send his daughter to her mums in this instance and explained to his ex wife the reason why. she had ignored this and has now sent a solicitors letter advising my partner is MUST send his daughter to visit on a saturday otherwise he will be in contempt of court. He understands this . . . however he cannot consider sending his daughter into a potential unsafe environment. One of the points made in court was that his ex wife cannot be under the influence of alcohol when looking after her daughter. this happens on many occasions. We are at a loss what to do next - my partner lives in fear every day that someone ( her laywer ) will find a means to take his daughter away from him and give to the mother. She was also sectioned under the mental health act no 3 on 27th march 2014 when admitted to hospital for abusive and hitting a police offices in hospital whicxh she was duly arrested. Does this have a bearing on the original court order of custody and contact. ? sorry this is a bit of a garble . . . I really appreciate your thoughts - julie