Hello, I am Rafael. Thanks for asking your question - I'm here to support you. (Information posted here is not private or confidential but public).
this is truly frustrating and overwhelmingly painful for anybody in your shoes.
Using children to retaliate this far is unacceptable and very abusive. it does not matter how good he happen to be in his role. By doing this, he totally undermines every good thing he may have been doing since shows abuse and neglect at core levels against children and you as their parent.
So what can I legally do to change this? The lawyer says it will cost a lot and in the end the children are old enough to choose residence and if they see me.
Would a child advocacy lawyer be able to show this abuse and deem it not in their best interest/?
You did the right thing looking for legal support and it seems to be the best approach. You need every legal support possible in order to protect your children and your relationship with them. You did real big changes to support them as much as possible, and nobody could deny that. Allowing him to do this and literally distorting their minds and hearts the way he's been doing, is serious abuse and should not be allowed.
Do I need to get a therapist to interview them to prove this?
Have you gone to the family and children court? I am not very familiar yet with Canadian system, but what uses to be the process here is that court assigns an independent investigator and a counselor in order to get to the core of it.
No only a family lawyer. I would need to represent myself as we have depleted funds securing new house closer to the children.
Courts would not forbid you from getting sound psychotherapeutic support for your children and self. they could consider reports from professionals you hire, but their decisions would be made based on what their own staff, namely, investigator and counsellor find by themselves.
From a therapist viewpoint, what language do I use to present this type of abuse to a judge?
Court should assign these professionals without charging much.
Children were fine and healthy, having good bonding and attachment, fulfilling relationship and life with you until father decided to use them as a way to retaliate for your engagement and marriage. He has been alienating them, using them to undermine your personal and family life.
ok that sounds accurate.
You're very welcome. Please do not delay taking concrete actions since you and your children deserve and need to be and feel fine, and what he is doing now, shows he could do things against children and you in future situations, so better for you to work on it to protect them and yourself.
Thank you for your trust. please take gentle care and consistent action getting the right support.
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