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If you are listed as the custodial parent in the latest/governing court order, then the child would be required to live with you UNLESS you agreed to a different arrangement OR UNLESS the father files for a modification of the custody order and it is granted by the judge.
Generally, a court will only grant a modification if there's been a material change in circumstances that justifies a modification. Also, the court will always do what is in the best interest of the child...so if the father is absent for weeks at a time and has substance/alcohol abuse issues, it is not likely that the judge would find him fit to have custody....and to take custody away from you.