how old are the children and how much time do they spend with thier father and is there a court order in place dealing with contact
and can you give me a (brief) idea of the problem?
i meant - how is she hurting the children?
i can understand your concerns and you do indeed need to address them - there are three ways forward and only you can decide which is right for you and your children
the first would be to start by engaging their father in discussion about the situation using family mediation (www.familymediationhelpline.org.uk) - hopefully one which will include the children - and if that fails then making an application to the court for a residence order
alternatively you can make an immediate application for an residence order without trying mediation - and indeed you could apply for an emergency (or interim) residence order
finally of you feel there is an immediate risk to the children youcould involve social services - but be warned you will then be involved with them for an unspecified period of time
the immigration issue has no relevance (other than as a possibel explanantion for her actions - which still do not mak ethem acceptable
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