Thank you for your response.
I am sorry for my delay in responding to you.
With the concerns that you have, you are doing the right thing by issuing court proceedings in relation to your son.
Your son needs to have a relationship with you and the court will start with the premise that this should happen as long as there are no child protection concerns.
In relation to your son living with you, the problems that you have are that social services are no longer involved, which is in effect them saying that they do not consider your son to be at risk.
You still need to raise all your concerns about the mothers lack of care, instable housing, unsuitable partners, money management and neglect of her elder children leading to thier removal to the court so that the court can investigate the same. Before your first hearing a Court Childrens and Families Officer (Cafcass) will call you and you can discuss all fo the concerns that you have with them. Cafcass will also speak to the mother and I note that the mother has previously made allegations that you have been violent towards her.
Cafcass will be present at the first hearing and they will make reccomendations about how the case should progress. Given that both you and the mother are raising concerns of a child protection nature then its likely that the court will ask for a report to be undertaken to investigate all those concerns. You need to fully engage with that process.
Once that report has been prepared, the recomendations contained therein will be highly regarded by the court. If the reccomendation is that your son should live with you then you will likely support that report, if thie is not reccomended then you can seek to challenge the report at a final hearing. That report is going to be very influential to the court so its best to make sure that you get across all of the concerns that you have so that everything can be fully investigated.
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