To say I’ve won! I’ve actually won!(806 Posts)
I’m so pleased for you, congratulations OP and I hope your story gives heart to others going through the same x
I remember your previous thread. Well done! I think you highlighted an important point about children’s social workers- they are there to benefit the children and give them the best outcome! Really happy for you!!
I don’t remember your other thread but I’m pleased for you. Sounds like you’ve been through hell and your ex and his family sound like vile scum
Some of you will recognise my story. I hope you do, and yes I am that poster.
In March 2018 I was attacked and had threats made against my life by my husband in front of our DD aged 2 at the time.
I left him and he was a s**t. He and his family made my life hell threatening to take DD out of her Nursery, pinning me against shelves in supermarkets, accusing me of alienating DD from her paternal family, and basically being made to feel like the perpetrator instead of the victim. He also left me and DD living at my mums for 10 days just because he could. He left me with GAD, PTSD and Social Anxiety.
In November he took me to court for full residency of DD, now aged 3, accusing me of emotionally abusing her and not being able to put her first.
It was a rough time for me; I almost gave up at times, felt like everything was against me including the Social Worker who seemed to swap sides after it went to court. She was also at times suggesting 50/50 contact.
I got a SHL (S**t Hot Lawyer) and was still worried, panicking and had to be grounded several times by her and posters on MN
thank you all. I had home condition problems when we first split but did my upmost to work with everyone and get myself back on track. At times I felt like it was hopeless even when he didn’t turn up to her appointments or Nativity Play.
DRA hearing is 2 weeks today. Had the final meeting with the SW this morning to give me the S7, I was nervous as I was expecting her to be on ExHs side.
There’s two bits of good news:
1) SW was recommending that DD stay living with me, and contact with ExH be once a week for 2 hours, and then every other Sunday for 5 hours going up to full day contact (9am-5pm) in 3 months’ time and then overnight just Saturday every other weekend from September when DD starts school. SW suggested the weekly contact cannot clash with her appointments or social occasions!
But 2) 2 weeks before the DRA, ExH has decided to drop the residency and just apply for consistent regular contact with DD. He hasn’t asked for a specific pattern so I think my SHL can negotiate.
I am crying with happiness. We still have to go to court on 21st but I’m not worried anymore, they aren’t taking my DD off me. Looks like SW was on DDs side and neither mine or ExHs.
Sometimes it pays to persevere. I’ve won haven’t I? I’ve actually won!
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