Hi All, my husband and I are currently in the process of seeking 50/50 custody of children with his 11yo daughter. Unfortunately, her birth mother whom she lives with majority of the time is making this difficult for us, so we will be going through mediation and if that fails; family court. His daughter is wanting the equal time too (and that's why we are pursuing it). She often tells us stories from her mum's place about how her mum and her stepfather feel about us, in particular her dad and they are always negative things. Recently, she told us that her step father said to her that if he saw her dad again, he would punch him to the ground. We have already addressed our concern with his aggressive behaviour and nature (we know that he beats his own son, also 11) and this has been denied by the birth mother. My question is, who is the mediator/court likely to believe when all of this is revealed, and they again, deny it? The child's story never waivers, her accounts of behaviour and mannerism are very accurate and she doesn't have a history of telling lies. We believe her 100%.