Can anyone please clarify. If my ex moves away from the area (about 60-70 miles) am I in anyway by law obliged to take the kids at least half way to where he lives. He cant, due to his living arrangements, have them overnight, and having been very unreliable is now saying the only way he will consider seeing them is if i travel half way and sit in the car and wait while he spends the day with them and then I bring them home. He claims to have looked into it and says I need to do this. Is he talking nonsense?
He rents a room in a shared house so not possible for kids to stay over. I have tried PLENTY of times to sit down and discuss whats best for the children but that has been unsuccessful. I want them to see their father but have been unable to make him stick to a pattern. He moved away but wants me to travel which I cant afford to do, I was just wanting to understand my obligations legally
The parent who moves away is generally expected to meet the costs of contact. Yes, the parents have equal responsibility but if you do something which increases the cost of contact the courts will expect you to pay.
thank you for your comments, as I suspected. I would have preferred he stayed local as the dc would get to see more of him but it's his choice to move that far and i dont feel i should have to cover any of the costs of that choice
Because, in law, contact and child support aren't linked. The court acknowledged that he was being negligent in not paying child support, but I was still expected to 'facilitate contact' by doing my share of the travelling. It was unfair and I no longer travel, but I had to do it for about three years.