My mother and her partner had 2 children together while being together for 9 years. My mother left him due to constant drinking & lack of communication with us kids. She had taken us 3 kids to a car park to stay temporarily until we had better accommodation. Basically, we had to move away from the area in which the father was due to harassment & consistent drinking & driving from him. We had moved to Heathcote a few hours away & were staying in a caravan park whilst my mother & her new partner looked for work for better housing. Us kids were enrolled into the local school & were to begin after the holidays. The 2 kid's father's friends & brother had said that he had been drinking, driving & had been using drugs. For this reason, mum had not let him visit the kids. Around Christmas time in the holiday, mum had been in contact with the father & his family & was convinced enough to let him see the kids. His brother met my mum & her new partner In the next town & let his brother take the kids to see their father as she didn't drive under the agreement via speech & text message that he would drop them off after Christmas day. Mum then received a phone call from him saying things that were way out of context & in no way were true for this matter. He decided to keep the children. Mum had made the mistake of not going to family court straight after the breakup leaving this situation without a court order changed our lives forever. This happened all in 2012-2013 & still are without them. We get visits but due to the kids' poor behaviour as their father works constantly & has them with babysitters, it is quite hard to enjoy the time with them. Mum disciplines them & as soon as they start behaving properly, they have to return to their father's & when they come back here, they are misbehaving again & really it's just an unhealthy cycle. Mum has been looking for someone to help a bit after 2 years with a local solicitor who sent her on a goose chase all for nothing & then literally ditched her. I'm looking for help on whether mum could possibly represent herself as she is a caring mother & if our situation is told straight up & with the father working literally day and night all week and weekend, I believe she has a fighting chance to try to get her kids back. We have tried legal aid but haven't found anyone with the experience in family law so they do not want to help as much or those who just in it for the money & it's becoming quite stressful for us all. If anyone has any information on any of the above, I would be most grateful & appreciative. I thank you all for your support in advance.