You have no standing to seek custody of the child. If you were to marry your boyfriend, he might have a chance, but if he is gone as much as you say, it will be difficult. Your boyfriend really needs to discuss the child's situation with an experienced family law practitioner.
you cannot get custody nor visits. he can but he is not home much. so how could he have custody, most of the parenting time, if he is not there? difficult to do.
he should take all his court papers to a lawyer for a consultation.
Your boyfriend must take action. He should consult with a familly law attorney and discuss this in greater detail. If there is abuse he should probably seek an Order of Protection for the children ASAP. Until he gets home he can have the police do wellness checks on the children and stay in contact with their teachers.
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