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Who currently is the day-to-day caretaker of the children?
Is the current custody/parenting arrangement court ordered?
I don't think a phone call is necessary.
If you have 50/50 custody already, then you can ask the court to modify custody in your favor. However, since the court will treat the issue based upon who demonstrates that they are the better day-to-day parent, the issue will boil down to whether or not you can prove that your alcoholism is under control, and that the other parent is in fact engaged in a pattern of abuse with respect to the children. If you cannot prove both factors, then you will be wasting your time.
What are the child(ren)'s ages?
Okay, that's helpful.
The children are too young to have an opinion. That means that the court would have to appoint a custody evaluator to investigate you and your ex, and report on who is the better day-to-day custodian.
Concerning the bruises, I'm assuming that you didn't immediately contact law enforcement to investigate as soon as the children were returned to your care. The point being that you have to be able to tie the injuries back to your ex. Unless you can show the bruises were actually caused by your ex, the pictures will not be given much weight by the court.
If you can prove the connection between your ex and the injuries, then you have an extremely strong case, because the judge must rule as to the better parent, and that would be you.
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