My two young daughters live with their mother and her boyfriend for half of the week and the other half with me. When they are at their mom's house, there are things that happen that I feel would qualify as mental abuse (perhaps even emotional and psychological as well) such as name calling and the such. Not to mention, I am concerned for their safety at times because the boyfriend has a lot of guns and they are not always locked up. He is the one I am concerned with and was wondering if I could get a protective order to keep him away from my children.
Unlikely to get protective order. Call Child Protective Services or go back to divorce/custody court for a remedy.
Protective orders are only for matters involving actual domestic VIOLENCE. Name calling is not domestic violence, and neither is gun ownership (even if irresponsibly kept). And protection orders are temporary, lasting a year at the very most. If your children are being abused/neglected, you need to modify custody/visitation. With what you have provided here, it is unlikely you have enough admissible evidence to proceed. You need to sit down with an experienced custody litigator and develop a strategy to obtain the evidence you need before filing anything with the courts. You can call in CPS, but I would be very careful doing so. If they find nothing wrong, you will have created evidence that defeats your case.
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