My ex and I have shared physical
custody of our 11 year old son (week-to-week), I have sole legal.
My son has for the longest time been telling us that his mother hits him on a regular basis. Knowing that he tends to dramatize these issues, and there not being any marks on him, we have not pursued that issue.
He also tells us on a daily basis that he can't wait until he's 14, so he can come live with us full time.
Lately however, he tells us about her hitting him with a closed fist (still no marks), and last week he told us she had pushed him to the ground and kicked him - still no marks.
His story shows an increasing violence, and hitting with closed fist and kicking is undeniably defined as abuse (rightfully so).
My current wife, being an LPC, is legally required to report any and all suspicion of abuse. By not acting on his stories, she is violating protocol and at risk of losing her license - should anyone find out.
1) Do you believe she should report his stories to CPS
2) Would it be better to contact the school counselor and ask him/her to talk to our son?
3) How do we go about either option without running the risk of being accused of coaching him - as far as you can coach a strong-willed 11 year old?
Thank you for your time.