My grandsons are suffering because of constant custody battles

My grandsons are suffering because of constant custody battles

DEAR DEIDRE: MY daughter has two sons by two previous partners. The eldest is nine and lives with her, the youngest is seven and lives with her ex.

She has taken her ex to court for access and it was sorted but now he’s stopping contact again.

My daughter, who is 36, is devastated but the saddest part is the brothers really miss each other.

Originally, my daughter took him to court because her ex, who is 39, was making excuses and changing the arrangements last minute.

That was two years ago. And now he’s started doing the same. He doesn’t want their son spending time with another man – my daughter’s new partner.

My daughter can’t afford to go back to court. Are there any other organisations who can help?

DEIDRE SAYS: This will be very upsetting for all of you. It would be best for your grandson to grow up knowing his mum and all her family love and care for him.

Your daughter’s ex may feel insecure and worried the new boyfriend is going to take his place – not that that excuses blocking access and healthy relationships.

Please ask your daughter to contact Families Need Fathers (, 0300 0300 363). They help mums and dads and will give great advice. I’m also sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out which explains children’s needs and feelings in these situations.

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