I have a 3 y.o. boy, 4 y.o. girl and 11 y.o. girl. I have been very involved in their upbringing and been hands-on. About 2 years ago, I quit my corporate city job to start a local business so I could be nearer to the children and do more with them. My work is flexible in when I need to work. I am recently separated ( separation) but the wife has gone straight into family law litigation filing a case in the Federal Circuit Court. She's only offering supervised visitation of 4 hours per fortnight. She is claiming child abuse and family violence which is far from true but that's another story I guess but it does point to the fact she's going to be difficult to deal with. She is claiming she's unable to attend mediation with me. Obviously she wants all her own way. My lawyer is suggesting writing a letter to her solicitor requesting reasonable unsupervised contact with the children. What is a reasonable time in order to maintain a strong bond with them? Someone also said that we can file a counter claim for an interim hearing requesting the contact we want. Thank you.