I have noticed that over the past few months there have been incidents where my children have flocked to me more than usual and their good behaviour and respect toward their mother has diminished. I have been suspecting that some form of emotional or physical abuse has been taking place whilst I'm not home and therefore one night when returning home from work, I decided to activate the voice recorder on my mobile phone just before I walked into the front door. As soon as I opened the door, my two youngest aged 6 and 9 run to me yelling out 'daddy, daddy, daddy's home' and proceed to hug my legs. I was led into another room of the house away from my wife where they have proceeded to tell me things that their mother was mean to them, how that made them feel and how it had upset them and made them cry. Needless to say, it was what you would consider a form of emotional abuse and the children felt rejected by their mother. Over time there has been a number of incidents where I have noticed my wife just lose her temper really badly toward the kids. It was only a few days ago where I just recorded my wife yelling at my 9 year old from the other room and then he ran to me in the bedroom crying stating that his neck hurts and that his mother just squeezed it. Her behaviour these past few months has forced me into beginning separation proceedings and I have a mediation appointment booked soon. I also reported the incident to DOCs and have warned the mother that I have done so and if she ever did it again I will go to the police. Mediation cannot come fast enough. I would like to know whether if, this ends up in a family law court custody of children dispute, the multiple voice recordings I have will have weight and be permissible in court? Some are recordings of just the children disclosing to me what has happened and how it makes them feel. Others are recordings of my wife [unbeknownst to her] verbally abusing the children, putting me down in front of the children, physically assaulting me, rejecting the children and being intoxicated and just yelling at everybody for any reason she deems fit. I hear and read all this information about breaking the silence on victims of child abuse, but then I read that audio recordings are not permissible in court? Without the recordings there is no evidence to protect those most vulnerable to abuse. Surely audio recordings must hold some weight? Thank you.