Has anyone had to deal with this and gone through courts for custody? My mum has just left her husband with child to flee domestic abuse. She knows he will definitely try to fight full or joint custody. My mum wants him to have their child only twice a week because fears anymore will affect their son which it already has with the parent alienation. The dad smothers the boy and is over protective which has made him very spoilt and overly sensitive. He has no discipline and makes my mum out to be the bad one. She worry courts will not get this type of abuse. She does have lots of evidence like recorded messages and diaries which hopefully will help.