What is the next step for a father who has two daughters, aged 3 and 5, whose mother is in a respite clinic after making numerous threats of suicide?
NQ I have a bit of a tricky one, my partner is currently caring for his two daughters (3+5) as their mother is in a respite clinic, I'd like to note she has not been sectioned, she has made numerous threats of ending her life in her words "if thats what it takes to get some attention" and recently has had to have police wrestle a knife from her. He now has some serious concerns about when she leaves the centre as he is worried he will have to return the girls to her full time and go back to the agreed schedule of 4 days with her 3 days with him. Her family cannot be trusted with supervised visitation as after the 1st attempt he allowed her to visit in her parents home and she took them and that is when the 2nd attempt was made and the police were involved.
They have no court agreement but have had a mediation meeting to agree to said schedule which she only managed to do two weeks of before 2 attempts on her life.
He lives with his parents and works full time so isn't entitled to any financial help that we can find, he usually pays child support but has stopped since she hasn't had the girls.
So my question is what is the next step? A lot of family advice pages say court should be a last step but I personally see it as the logical option, can he take her to court with her having a history of mental illness? Does he have to wait until she is out of respite to file for full custody and does anyone have any suggestions of what firm or agency would be best to offer legal aid?