Hi, looking for some help as my partner and I are at a loss. We have been together for 4 years. We now have a 7-month-old together, he also has 2 children from his previous relationship 5 and 8. His relationship with his ex is amicable and they are able to communicate because of the children. We have the children every weekend one long, from Friday afternoon to Monday morning and 1 short, Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon to accommodate their family life. However, we really want to extend the time now to include Thursday's every week as our little one now notices his siblings, when they are there and not, and we want them to have more of a relationship. The issue is, we have asked for 50/50, we waited till now to ask as his youngest has just started school this year and thought as she is now older and able to understand things, we thought it would be a better time but we were flatly refused and told it was too hard and that was all. We then asked for 1 Thursday and have still been refused. I am going to organise a mediation session or a few but I highly doubt this will change anything. A little background, we used to have them every 2nd Thursday night and I would drop one at school and have the youngest all day on Friday, but she wanted that time so we changed to Sunday night instead. I am no longer allowed to drop them at school, my partner was not allowed to be there for their first day of school, we pick them up and drop them off every weekend unless there is a specific reason they are heading past. I have no issue with them at all and we get along fine, no bad words at all and we always encourage the children with their mother no matter how we feel. We have been interrupted on our weekends to have the children taken as she has forgotten they had something planned. We always accommodate whenever she asks to swap nights or wants to take them away. Obviously, we want the best for them and really would like to avoid family court but I'd like to know if we have a shot at getting more custody of children. How long may it take and what's the best way to go about it?