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The law states that the child’s father and mother equally have parental rights and the court would look to encourage this. If the child’s father continues to be abusive or causes you and your children any harm, you must report it to the police and press charges and look to obtain a injunction so that you and your children are protected. The Non-Molestation order can be made without notice - need to attach a statement and supporting documents to file your case to the nearest family court.
You may be able to obtain free legal representation and qualify for legal aid. This will depend on your savings and income.
You can also apply for a Chid arrangements order if you both cannot agree contact arrangements. You would need to attend mediation first before you can apply to the court.