My daughter and soninlaw have recently split up, there are twin boys aged 9, things are not going too good he has come into the house when my daughter and children were out and he took some of the boys games and the dvd player and says that he can come into the house when he feels like it and take what he wants. The police have been involved in a couple of occassions now and have had support from them, he gives threats on the phone and tells the boys that he can put in the windows and change the locks, he has now said that he can get a friend of his who is locksmith to change the lock from the outside when they are not in can he do this as the boys and my daughter don't know now if they are going home to a house and can't get into it. Please help me as we are all very anxious over what is happening and yes she does have a lawyer but for some reason it is coming accross that he can do this as it is a joint mortgage and he said that he would pay this but gives no maintenance for boys
Province/Country relating to question : Renfrewshire Scotland
You are the first people I have asked as a bad incident happened at the weekend which involved the police and my daughter has not been able to contact her lawyer
The police should be taking action. It does not matter that the house is in joint names. This is domestic abuse. Strathclyde police provide advice on this matter here
I don't know what the bad incident was, but in normal circumstances he would be charged with a domestic breach of the peace and placed on bail conditions not to approach your daughter, or her home.
If you can't get the police to take action, your daughter should see a solicitor about a matrimonial interdict. There are a number of issues here, such as contact and residence of the children, that need sorted out by a solicitor. Your daughter is entitled to change solicitors if she is not getting a proper service. She has sought help from the police and a solicitor, someone should be taking action to protect her.
The fact that he does not pay maintenace is not relevant, but your daughter should contact the CSA to sort this issue out.
Hope this helps
LLB, Dip LP
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