My ex-partner is threatening to take me to court because he wants to see more of our children than he currently does. I am the primary carer. When we split up (we weren't ever married), we carried on living in the same house for financial reasons for 3 years, and during this time we shared the kids with me having them 60% of the time (whoever had the kids was in charge and did all childcare functions). Now we are living in separate houses, this arrangement has changed to me having the kids around 70% of the time, with my ex seeing them around 30% of the time. He is insisting he has them 50% of the time but I am very reluctant for the following reasons: I think he may be doing this to pay less maintenance, I would still do the lions share of any child-related stuff but would have far less time and money with which to do it ( I have always done around 90% of any childcare or child duties in the last 12 years since our eldest was born), logistically it would be disruptive for the kids to keep too'ing and fro'ing between our houses if they saw him too often, and finally I believe his motives are less about being with the kids and more about just making a point (as he was never that interested in helping out with the kids and has always been very controlling in general). There is another reason and that is he was charged with domestic violence against one of the children and so I don't want some of his behaviours negatively affecting the children. So - can he legitimately/legally demand the kids see him 50% of the week? Would the courts take into consideration the fact that he was in charge of the kids around half the time when we were sharing a house? Just wondering how other separated families do it if before splitting up they shared the kids 50/50 and then upon the split they then share the kids 80/20 or 70/30 etc. How do the courts decide? Thanks
I find your DV reason very confusing and worrying. You state he has 30% access despite having committed DV against one of the kids but it's a risk to move to 50%? Surely it's a risk for him to have any non-supervised access!?
The DV issue was in the past and I trust it won't happen again (it hasn't in 3 years), hence putting it at the end of the reasons list. So whilst I don't mind him having some access to the kids, I would mind if it was as much as 50%. The other main issue I have is that I do nearly all the child-related duties and if I had less time with them it would make it hard to manage (eg activities planning/care/homework etc). If I had less money to spend on child stuff (becuase he has them ay 50% of the time), this would mean looking after them even more challenging. It's all very well to say I wouldn't need as much money because I would have them less, but those essential child expenses just wouldn't get paid for by my ex so the kids would lose out. The other reasons for not wanting a 50/50 arrangement is the disruption to the kids (schooling/moving etc). So the question is when do courts grant the non-primary carer 50% access? What grounds do they need for this?
The courts grant it if there is not a good enough reason not to. I am afraid your m9ney reason would not wash with a judge. They look at how it would work in the childrens interests and they care very little about you or how it would affect you.
They will also ask other proffessionals to get involved if they suspect the children are being led by either parent.
What is the 50 50 proposal their dad is suggesting?
To some degree courts listen to what the children want. If they feel the children are parroting the negatives from either parent regarding contact they will get other agencies involved to help see past it.
No to 50 50 can be because it wont work distance wise or tbe children would ve unsafe in the nrp care.
The courts would not be interested in that. Apart from anything else, if he has the children for more of the time he will need to spend more on them himself (for food if nothing else) and your outgoings will reduce.