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.