child custody orders are made in the best interest of the children. If even half of what you are saying is true, you would have a very strong case for full custody--at least until dad has completed some AA classes, anger management classes, parenting classes, and demonstrated with time that he is ready to join the rest of us as productive members of an organized society. Do what you need to do to protect your girls.
Let me know if I may be of further assistance. Thank you.
a restraining order is available where someone has engaged in a pattern of behavior that serves no legitimate purpose and is intended to annoy, harass, stalk, intimidate, etc. If he is making threats of physical violence, that is usually more than sufficient for the court to intervene.
It is always a good idea to use an attorney if it is financially possible. Given the seriousness of your situation, I would strongly recommend that you at least hire an attorney for 1-3 hours to put together your paperwork for you, even if you cannot afford full representation.
My opinion is that you are going to file for both the custody change and a restraining order, it usually makes sense to file for both at the same time.
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