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Thelastknight posted 5/13/2013 01:36 AM

So I hope everyone is healing well. I'm doing well. Single again and feel good about where I am.

I need to petition the courts to modify my visitation schedule. My daughter is going to start 1st grade in the fall and my visitation is going to go to the standard every-other weekend. Since separation My visitation schedule has been every weekend overnights with Mon-Tue-Wend visitation from 630-3pm. So I now have the kids + one extra day visitation. So its every weekend overnight plus Mon-Tue-wend-Thursdays from 630am to 3pm. I am looking to have the visitation modified to three overnights a week with vacation time in the summer. FYI both kids are doing awesome in school.

What do you guys think? How do I go about getting this done?

TLK

EvenKeel posted 5/13/2013 09:44 AM

My order has some sort of clause where it can be changed at any time by mutual consent. Do you anticipate a fight with modifying it?

Thelastknight posted 5/13/2013 09:57 AM

I do. Kind of sucks but I have a very unreasonable xWW. However I am going to send her a letter letting her what my wishes are and going to suggest mediation, that I will pay for.

Kuwaited posted 5/13/2013 21:25 PM

the standard every-other weekend.

And THIS is what pisses me off to the max.

Absent extenuating circumstances...the "standard" should be 50/50. Who sets the fucking "standard" ????

I don't know your situation with respect to the ability to actually do 50/50 (perhaps you can't do it logistically), but you should be able to ask for and get as much time as you wish up to 50/50 - in my opinion.

In your profile you have: "Kids, kids home projects."

Clearly...your kids come first.

Best of luck to you. You are their father....fight the fight for them.

-K

Thelastknight posted 5/14/2013 01:46 AM

The kids are in my care for 80 hours a week. I have a 72 hour a week visitation plan now. But as I stated the new parenting plan is scheduled to go to every other weekend. Just makes me sick. I have cared for the kids since they were 6 weeks old. I kind of feel like I have paid my dues and would love to continue to parent my children.

stronger08 posted 5/14/2013 03:58 AM

You would think 50/50 should be allotted on a regular basis. But trust me it certainly is not. I petitioned for 50/50 and was awarded standard visitation. And the reason the court decided that was because of the long hours I was working. And the long hours were dictated by the amount of CS I had to pay. I was in a lose lose situation. There is certainly a bias present when visitation is considered by the court. And trust me mt XWW used it all to her advantage.

Dreamboat posted 5/14/2013 05:41 AM

You currently have the kids almost 50% of the week. If I were you I would fight to keep that same amount of visitation. Make sure you have all of your documentation in order to show that you are currently a very involved parent and you want to stay involved.

Good luck

LadyQ posted 5/14/2013 06:41 AM

I would also encourage you to go for 50/50, as long as there are no ill-effects on the kids. Do they handle the changes well now? My x didn't ask for 50/50, and I'm glad he didn't. The wee one has a hard time with the transitions, and nearly always has a tearful and troubled day at school the Monday following weekends with dad. The older two are teenagers, and other than not wanting to lose time with friends and SO's (for anyone's sake, not just dad), they do OK.

Best of luck!

Thelastknight posted 5/14/2013 08:57 AM

Kids are adjusted well. With the current schedule the kids are doing fine. Doing awesome in school, respectful and overall in good spirits. This has been the schedule since birth. I care for them during the day.

Ashland13 posted 5/14/2013 09:53 AM

Can you have your last post mentioned in the material you submit to L's and court? One thing I'm fighting for as the mom is any kind of sameness for DD that I can continue. Her life is in such shambles from being abandoned and the A that it's mega-important to continue what I can of her schedules.

FWIW, we had a mediation meeting and they wanted to plan an entire year's visits with the standard every-other-weekend stuff. Well, no one but the mom (me) took into account the feelins of the kid, who is in pre-puberty age, very messed up and doesn't trust STBXH-her words.

The meeting became useless to try to reason with STBXH there because of his L, so later on I did contact him and mention some promises he broke with that request. I appreciate the uninterrupted time idea, but other factors come in that he or the other L didn't consider on DD's own behalf.

It was sad to see it become about STBXH more than DD herself, who it was all about, if you ask me.

I wish you well, LK and hope it works out the way you want...especially if you are the BS who stuck with the rules, routines, boundaries and such while the spouse snuck off, as in our case, and now is stomping his feet demanding rights.

How could someone who abandoned his only child several times think that his BS would just quietly submit and be able to trust?

Ashland13 posted 5/14/2013 09:55 AM

I've always been sad about some of the legal standard things we have, because the law doesn't know a person or their life or what's happened to bring them there-the law can only really hope to ever know documentation and statistics about a real, live person, adult or kid, and so especially if it's children, a complete and nearly robotic stranger has a large say in what happens for a large part of their lives.

Thelastknight posted 5/14/2013 10:25 AM

Im hoping the ex realizes the how important it is for the kids. However, there are some drawback to the standards for her as well.

ideservebetter45 posted 5/14/2013 10:38 AM

and so especially if it's children, a complete and nearly robotic stranger has a large say in what happens for a large part of theiI've always been sad about some of the legal standard things we have, because the law doesn't know a person or their life or what's happened to bring them there-the law can only really hope to ever know documentation and statistics about a real, live person, adult or kid,r lives.
I AGREE 100%

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