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Wife Wants to Separate

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WAGuy1974 View Drop Down

Joined: 23/October/2017
Location: Australia
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    Posted: 23/October/2017 at 19:48
We have been married for 12 years.
We have a 5 year old son and an 11 month old son.
My wife has had post natal depression for 5 years.
She admits that she cannot cope in caring for our kids.
Once she ran away for a week overseas and left me to care for our then 3 year old son.
She has also run away a few times saying she was going to kill herself.
When our eldest was about 3 she twisted his arm by using too much force to the extent that we had to take him to see the doctor - one of many examples where she has lost her temper.
She has also previously come at me with a large kitchen knife.
She wants us to share equally in caring for our kids.
Our youngest is 11 months old and is breastfeeding.
She does not seem to be able to think logically.
I have real and genuine concerns for my wife's welfare and our kids if she has care of them.
This has been the one reason why I have not agreed to separate in the past.
But now she is insisting we separate.
Given my concerns, am I able to get full care of our kids (with the help of my parents and an au pair) notwithstanding our youngest is 11 months and breastfeeding.
Any help would be appreciated.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/October/2017 at 22:05
She can separate any time she likes, all she has to do is walk out the door, if she does that the two of you will have joint responsibility for the kids till a court orders otherwise.

In light of what you have said perhaps it's time for you to agree to this separation to her and see a family law solicitor regarding the future care arrangements for the kids. Do you have any evidence of her erratic behaviour? Does she have any evidence that would attribute that behaviour to anything you may have done? If so you better tell the solicitor about it so he is not caught on the hop if this goes to court.

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