Our expert says:
I believe it is almost always best to have custody and maintenance decisions made by the Maintenance Court, considering evidence on all sides, and not based purely on what one parent chooses to demand, but decided on the basis of what would be best for the child.
If the boy has been living with you for 7 years without a problem, any sensible court would wonder why he might change his mind after a short visit to his mother. If she is indeeed alcoholic ( any evidence you can gather on such matters would be useful ) and if she and her father are unemployed, that should all be considered relevant.
You need good legal advice, and maybe an assessment of the child by a good local psychologist or a social worker, who can look into all the relevant factors and report to the court.
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