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To think that if you move 100 miles away from NRP you should stick to your agreement?(56 Posts)
I'm fucking furious so can't see whether I am being unreasonable.
Brief back story- DSD lived with me and DP from 5 months. XP split up with DP when she was 6 months pregnant. She kept leaving DSD for weeks at a time with us and claimed tax creds, housing etc based on her having DSD. Whenever we asked her to change the child benefit she would take DSD back.
Back and forth to court. DP had residency 4 times. The last time it was awarded to XP (DP had been shown to be irresponsible by forgetting to phone back cafcass). DP has DSD EOW.
All was fine. Then at beginning of year XP moves over 100 miles away with DSD to live with her new partner. DP didn't know he could argue it so agrees as long as XP does half the trips.
DP lost his job. Couldn't keep up with private maintenance agreement. Explains to ex that he will pay what he can when be can and will backdate when he gets new job. She phones CSA. CSA tell her he has no income, surviving off my maternity pay.
He got a new iob Friday. Was going to tell them Friday when XPs new partner brings DSD to us (their weekend to travel). The new partner has just phoned DP and said they won't be bringing DSD anymore ever as they can't afford it
She's the one who bloody moved promising that she would stick to half the trips. She knows we are skint so it looks like she's trying to cut DP out.
DP wants to pick DSD up and not return her as its her mum not sticking to her own agreement. I think its unfair as it's christmas.
What the fuck do we do now? He's broken enough with XP refusing to let him speak to DSD during the fortnight he doesn't see her, she's filthy when we get her, she's writing letters to her friends where we live saying she wants to live here and that mummy shouts at her for saying it.
What would you do? I can't even go and get her the weekends they're supposed to and help DP out as she's not allowed in my car as I've only been driving since June
Sorry this was long. Just so fucking rage filled and don't want to vent in front of DCs.
Just worried her mum won't see it as a good thing and will insist on Saturday morning.
I'm sure it will all get sorted in time. It's just the stress in between is horrible.
Thank you everyone for the replies.
I would have thought that a late pick up on the Friday would be a good idea - if dd's put her pyjamas on before travelling and had a blanket to cover her in the car, your dh could jut lift her into bed when they get home and you get all Saturday together, even if you just have a gentle morning, it's better than your dh having to do a 200 mile round trip then.
DP is going to email her and let her know. Then see what happens. He's also going to phone her school tomorrow and see if they have any concerns about the other stuff.
So she doesn't know? Then she's being fair based on what she knows. She thinks she has no money coming in. It's affecting her budget so she can't travel.
If she answered her phone to DP she woulfbd been told today. It wasn't even her that phoned to say she wouldn't be doing the travelling on Friday. Her partner phoned instead.
Shit happens, people lose jobs. The DH has managed to get work again quickly so he was obviously trying. If the XP has now been told about the new job and the maintenance starting up again, and is still saying she won't be able to afford to travel, she's being unfair. If she's still unaware of the new job, then she's not being unfair if the lack of maintenance means she can't afford the travel.
She's 6.7. I'm not sure a court would listen to where she wants to live.
Good. That's sorted then.
He's not going to not see her. We will have to find the money somehow.
Sorry but moving isn't really a choice any more, most people have to be geographically mobile over their lifetime, that's how the labour market works and when families separate, both parents have to take this into account, not just the one who 'chooses' to move (it's not really a choice if her new partner's job is elsewhere, he can hardly resign to move nearer just because it's more convenient for you). The expenses of travelling should be divided up based on household income, so not sure how that would work out for you and them. It is a bit pathetic for him not to see his child just because he wants someone to deliver her to his door, too- during the time she's said she can't afford travel, he could just go there.
But it does sound like if you have other concerns, this should go back to court for a change of residence if the child wants it and is old enough to say so.
Court isn't really an option. We have only just got back in the position to pay maintenance. Legal fees would be impossible.
FGS maintenance has nothing to do with visitation.
My dsd mother moved country, hasn't paid maintenance .....well ever ... because she can't be arsed. We still manage to support DSDs visit because it is in the interest of the child. If there was a problem we'd certainly give more than a few days notice and try to work something out.
It stinks TheNight. I'd be fed up too.
And yes a reduction on the £70 a weekend trip. He's not expecting a reduction for all travel and still asking her to do it.
Her new partners income is in the region of 40k. She won't be entitled to claim benefits unless she is doing so illegally.
Have you dealt with cafcass? It was determined that he was irresponsible despite the cafcass report saying we had a stable home life for DSD. DP began to doubt whether he was being unfair in keeping DSD from XP when she was starting to get her shit together and didn't want DSD resenting him for it. He was accused by XP of sexually and physically abusing DSD, nothing came of this and she made him have a DNA test. Truth be told he should have fought harder. The allegations pushed him over the edge tbh and it took him a while to recover. He is still angry with himself because he didn't fight hard enough and was too concerned about DSD reading the court papers in later life. The cafcass comment and a combination of the above mads him give up for want of a better word.
For a long time everything was working. Then in the last few months DSD has been filthy and withdrawn. Now the contact issue.
Apologies if this is drip feeding. I wasn't sure how much was relevant and didn't want to come across too much like I was slagging off XP.
Could she claim some benefits if her income gets too low?
basgetti, my son had full custody of his child and stepchildren for 18 months, during which time they hardly saw their mother. They were still given back to her! They were in court 4 times during that time and each time the judge ruled they should live with my son. The difference was on the last time, she'd had another baby and the judge said it was a very difficult decision, but he didn't want to split siblings up! They had seen the new baby once or twice.
So he gets the reduction for doing the travel but wants her to do it?
She is making her available by contact. Thisi issuecould be very easily resolved in the interim by your husband going to pick his daughter up so that she doesn't miss out on time with her dad. Which is the central most important thing in all of this. The ex is not the only one playing power games. That poor little girl.
The not paying maintenance. Not the benefits for two years.
She also frequently during the benefit time phoned and said we had to get DSD as she didn't have milk , nappies etc. DP would take them over so she could spend more time with DSD and she would just hand her back.
Slightly off topic, but did your DP really lose residency after 4 orders in his favour based on one missed phone call? It sounds very punitive.
She has never paid a penny. For 9 months she received child benefit, housing benefit and ctc for a child she saw once or twice a month if she turned up. That was for 2.5 years.
Yes as in DP getting a reduction and her choosing to go through the CSA according to their calculations he would pay less than he has been. So even with maintenance she can say that she can't afford for her partner to bring DSD to us.
Did she pay maintenance when you were the RP?
Maintenance is based on income, if they were still together her income would change thru him losing his job, as it has now. If her income has reduced dramatically to the point her child can't eat she may have been able to increase the necessary tax credits.
I don't think yabu I think she is and I would be tempted to take it back to court if that's an option
Sorry taking a dip might have come across spitefully. I meant that DP is paying exactly what the CSA say to including what they say about travel. Obviously uniforms, trips etc he will continue to provide
You mean the reduction he gets for contact related travel?
As the pwc in not entitled to any increase to cover travel its only the nrp who can claim a reduction via variation.
No but imposing who can and can't collect her is going to limit it. She will then say it's too late for DP to get DSD and then she will be missing out on a lot of time here.
Then when DP does pay again she will come up with another excuse.
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