Last Sunday night husband was removed from the household and took stepdau and difficult child with him. I've seen them once since. Altho stepdau blew me a kiss when she left, when he brought her with him on Tuesday night with-police in respect for restraining order to get stuff, she was afraid to look at me, kept looking at me out of the corner of her eye. I knew that would happen. Anyway, when the police removed husband they told me CPS would be by within 72 hours. Tuesday afternoon the same CPS lady went to my son's HS. She asked him does husband drink alot? Son said, depends on what a lot is, he doesn't know how to answer since he doesn't know what she means by alot. She asked him how difficult child seemed. Son said he seemed sad. Asked him what time stepdau and difficult child got out of school. Son said 2:10 and 3:30 respectively. That was all. Son told CPS lady that he didn't like being questioned at school. She told him she had to talk to him within 24 hours. I haven't heard from her. I wonder why not? She's just too busy? Once she was unable to call me back because she only got 400 minutes on her work cell phone, maybe she's pressed for time? Now that he's removed from the house the kids are ready to talk more candidly, providing he isn't allowed back in (the hearing to convert temp RO to reg RO is next Thursday). No big huge secrets here, but a lot about husband's drinking (everyone agreed it got really bad starting early spring) and his endless yelling. All the kids and two of their girlfriends have seen husband hit difficult child, and a couple of them have seen him kick difficult child. I have a tape of stepdau's 9th birthday. She opens a iDS and squeals with delight. difficult child has stolen and smashed her Xmas one and her replacement one. Not realizing the tape is running, husband gets really angry and aggressive at the table and threatens difficult child with his life, great bodily harm, etc... if anything happens to this one. I'm willing to share if it gets husband parenting help. It's not enough to have the kids removed, I'm sure, but might be enough to force him into alcohol treatment. However, if he's allowed back into the house and the RO is lifted, that makes it very uncomfortable for us. I was going to tell the judge one reason, among the drinking and my certainly I'd have to call 911 again was that we were participating in a CPS investigation against husband and the RO was necessary also because of that. But the CPS lady hasn't shown up, so I don't know if that's true. It seems like it is, but maybe not. And it seems like her questions indicate that she's interested in his drinking and whether the kids are being cared for. But why hasn't she come to talk to the rest of us? Any ideas what this means or what I should tell the judge?