Good Morning, I separated from my child's father over 3 years ago due to Domestic Violence and his drug abuse. We went through mediation and he was to have supervised visits at a contact centre once a week. We had planned to have the mediation agreements signed by the family court, but he failed to attend any visits, dropped off the face of the earth, got heavily involved in methamphetamine and had altercations with police (breaking and enterings, domestic violence, drugs). It's now been three years. My child is only 5 years old and has no recollection of the biological father. He has recently returned to our city and I am worried that he will try and obtain visitation rights again. It's unlikely, though, he would be more likely to do something like take the child without consent. What steps can I take to have his parental rights removed or gain sole custody of children? I have nothing but the mediation agreement and it makes me feel unsafe. There is a big contrast between our lives. My child attends a private school, plays weekend sports and we live in a nice suburb. My partner (who she recognizes as her Dad) and I both have secure employment and above award wages. We do not use drugs and are strongly against them and we have no police records. Her father, however, has a history of drug abuse and violence, has domestic violence orders against him, not from me but others after me. He is unemployed and is $6000 behind in child support payments. I understand that fathers have rights but it makes me feel incredibly ill to think she would be subjected to his way of life. It worries me that his heavy drug use would have resulted in mental instability. There has to be something that can protect her? Sorry for the lengthy post.