Full time father needs to know my rights to my child =/
I am currently going through a split with the mother of my 14 month old daughter. We are currently both still residing in the same property, as we both have a legal right to. I gave up my job so my partner could go back to work (this was necessary as she had spent 2 years on paid maternity leave plus grievance leave in the middle due to the loss of our first daughter at birth.) She had to return full time for the minimumof a year, or pay back the 2 years paid leave. I have been a full time father now for about a year, and following this split, am doubting my ex partners capability to be a good parent following her actions the past few months. (drinking heavily, not coming home etc) and her mental state is pretty fragile as you could imagine. The plan was to stay in the same property until i find sufficient work and saving to move into another property of my own, and she could have the baby full time, drop to part time hours to support them selves, and i can support by having our child 2/3 days a week, and helping with money etc. So far we have been amicable, but as i stated before, her attitude is changing and she is becoming more violent, loud, aggressive, and staying out partying, and her mental state changes from complacent to aggressive in a heartbeat. I am not fearing for my safety, or the child's, as i know i can diffuse a situation, but i am concerned my daughter is absorbing what she is seeing, and i don't like it. I would like to know my rights as i have been the baby's full time carer for so long, if i had a chance to be the sole parent, and my ex see the baby 2/3 nights a week instead. I have no idea how it would work, how the systems work, or how i should approach this, in my head i had a vision of an amicable split, but things are quickly getting out of hand. i have looked to citizens advice etc, and i feel that fathers who are full time carers for they're child/children are few and far between, so it shard to find help. please could someone enlighten me, as i need to come up with a plan of action for my daughters sake. thankyou for taking the time to read my situation, and all comments/help is welcomed! thank you so much, Arran.