Hi, my husband and I separated 18 months ago due to infidelity on his behalf as well as physical and emotional abuse. We were married 6 years & have a 6-year-old child together. I am repartnered and my ex makes weekly attempts to end my relationship. My ex has ignored requests from my solicitor for financials. He now has received another request and has to pay court costs. He is not happy about releasing his financials and wants me to stop the request and as I am not doing as he tells me I should be doing, he advised that things will get nasty now (I have this in SMS). Now he is requesting 50% care and custody of children. He works full-time (although he won't pay child support ) so would be having his mother and girlfriend ( who by his own advice is "only temporary") care for our child. So he is seeking 50% care when others will be providing that care and I am available to care for our child? Will the courts take this into consideration? Our child is quite fond of Dad's girlfriend, too and I am concerned about him establishing his relationship further with someone who is temporary in his life but I understand I cannot protect him from that, and I have no desire to push someone out of his life that he is so fond of. My ex and his mother speak negatively of myself and my partner and also tell our child "Don't tell Mum" about certain topics, activities or conversations which are generally what I see as manipulation techniques in an effort to have my child resent my partner and want to live with Dad. My ex's child from a previous relationship recently contacted me after a conversation with my ex in which he made some wild allegations about me in an attempt to end my relationship with the child. When I asked him about this (SMS message), he advised that the child has many mental issues and was twisted way out of proportion (SMS message). The child's mother then contacted me to advise that the father had contacted the child to reprimand them for repeating the information they discussed as he thought he could trust child. For the above reasons/scenarios, I am so concerned for my child's welfare and the mental manipulation and abuse that he is being subjected to but I am not sure what to do or if there is anything I can do under Family Law.