Shannon - posted on 07/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
My husband and I live in Michigan, and his children live between Georgia and Alabama. Their mother does not let him speak to the children more than once or twice each year, and only for about 5 minutes at a time. He calls often, and she refuses to return phone calls. She is in an abusive marriage in Georgia, so she moves the kids to Alabama every time something happens in Georgia. Then she gets back together with her husband and moves the kids back to Georgia. Sometimes she enrolls them in a new school for a single day. There is no stability in the kids' lives aside from the time they spend in the summer with us. (She wouldn't even allow them to come to Michigan if she had any legal reason to stop it. This year when he picked them up, she actually called the police to stop him from taking the kids for visitations. Fortunately, the police forced her to let him take them.) When we have the kids for summer, they have a wonderful time. Their mother ruins that by forcing the kids to call her at least 3 times each day. When they get off the phone with their mother, they are usually crying and wanting to go back to where she is at because she makes them ridiculous promises that she never keeps. We would like to gain custody of the kids so they have a chance to live in a loving, stable home with their 5 step-siblings. Unfortunately, the Southern states always seem to lean toward the mother in custody issues. Any advice on how to convince a judge that we should have custody? HELP!