Even if a parent has the right to spend time with their children, no parent is allowed to deprive the other of their chance to be with their children if either of them are entitled to custody.
In custody issues, the courts always put the child’s best interest before anything else. If your ex has been proven to have a history of domestic violence, it may work against him in a custody battle, especially if it has been proven that the violence has negatively affected the children.
If child custody is not included in the restraining order, get an expert family law attorney who could guide you through your custody battle and represent you well. Your lawyer will help you present the necessary evidence and convince the court that it is for the children’s best interest if you are granted full custody.