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User Topic: seeking input from D'ed BS w/kids
Catwoman
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Default  Posted: 4:29 AM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

She didn't move *just* to be with her SO

Why did she move, and why did she make the conscious choice to not take her children with her (of course, I personally would have an issue with that because I believe that unless a parent is a truely destructive person, they deserve the opportunity to be in their childrens' lives).

I have never heard of the lack of temporary custody orders being an issue in enrolling a child in school. Why is that the case?

Why can't she live near her STBX? Is there an opportunity for them to live near where he lives?

I'm sorry, but this is a real mess. I feel for those kids--no predictability, no schedule, not knowing what will happen in the future. Your daughter needs to get her act together and determine that parenting comes before romance.

Cat


FBS: Married 20 years, 2 daughters 25 and 22. Divorced by the grace of GOD.
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Default  Posted: 5:54 AM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

It is hard to give more input, I'm not really sure about the timeline. But like Cat said, I've never heard of not being able to enroll kids into school without temp orders. I enrolled my dd into K when I was separated and it was never even asked. (preschool in MD isn't public other than some very limited areas). Where was the child going to school the previous year? I'd say she could use the fact that he doesn't have the kids in school as evidence for her, but if she hasn't lifted a finger to remedy the situation other than take his word that he tried I'd bet a judge would let her have it too. And seriously, what judge would deem her household as more stable based on a BF? They could break up and where would your DD be? Your DD needs a place of her own, a job of her own to show she is the more stable parent.


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Default  Posted: 10:05 AM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Something smells really fishy about this whole situation.

I can not see ONE SCHOOL in the entire US denying enrollment because custody orders weren't in place. "Sorry, your enrollment request is denied due to lack of permanent custody orders". Seriously?

They are going to leave those kids right where they are.

And as far as them not being in school, I think kindergarten, though most states have kindergarten programs, it's not MANDATORY attendance until 1st grade.


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HopeImOverIt
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Default  Posted: 11:35 AM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My school district requires multiple proofs of residency within the district in order to enroll. Maybe custody orders, or lack thereof, would impact that in some way? Like without custody orders you can't definitively state where the children live?

It's been quite a while since I registered my kids for public school and at the time I was married. But possibly the form asks if you are divorced/separated, and if so do you have custody orders establishing where the children legally reside?



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Holly-Isis
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Default  Posted: 12:09 PM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Honestly, it sounds like nobody is putting the kids first in this. I don't know if they're being used as pawns, but their stability and emotional needs sure seem like they're being ignored while the parents do what they want with little regard to how it's affecting the kids.

Someone in this needs to see past themselves in order to see what is actually best for the kids. Until that happens, the damage being caused will continue.


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Clarrissa
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Default  Posted: 5:58 PM, November 8th (Friday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I need to clarify a few points. Sorry if my posts have led to more confusion than necessary.

First as it stands now *neither* have legal custody, temp or otherwise. The current arrangement was due to circumstances, namely, OW was a "friend" of DD's and they were helping her out by letting her and her son stay with them. stbxSIL (I'll call him J just to make things easier) and OW started their EA/PA which understandably made the situation intolerable to DD. Yes she may have been too hasty in her decision to leave but it was her choice. She came to live with us and we just did not have the room for her *and* the kids. If we had, the situation would be very different.

Second, it's natural to assume that since J has the kids, he is their primary caregiver. That point can be debated. If he's following his usual pattern, that responsibility has been handed over to his aunt. He did this with us, with my sister and with his mother. His attitude seems to be "It's your house so my kids are *your* responsibility." When he tried it with us, H called him on it. Actually called both of them on it as DD was taking advantage of the situation as well. However, DD started stepping up to the plate. J on the other hand got pissed. Like how DARE my H expect him to take care of his own kids?

J is very good at blameshifting and playing the victim. Everyone who has taken them in has also asked (or told) them to leave mainly because of J's attitude. When my sister had had enough of it my DD apologized to her. My sister wouldn't have minded so much if J had just stepped up and been a parent instead of expecting my sister to do it. Same with us.

As for his employment history, I know of at least two jobs he could have kept but didn't. One was at a landscaping place and he "had" to quit. Why? Because in his mind, he wasn't getting the preferential treatment he felt he deserved. He was the new guy and it was a family-owned business. The second was where I work. He got fired for punching someone. Was it his fault? According to J, nope, it wasn't. The guy had made an insensitive, even mean comment about DD so J punched him. BUT, according to J, this guy got him fired.

When they've been asked to leave by whoever they've been staying with, his attitude is in no way at fault, by his logic. It's *their* fault because they have a problem with it and he shouldn't be expected to adjust it. Like I said, typical unremorseful wayward bullcrap. I see it clearly because I indulged in it myself once upon a time. No doubt he blames DD entirely for his EA/PA which BTW resulted in an OC.

As far as visitation, he decided when and how long DD could see them because he knew she didn't have access to reliable transportation. Yes, we have a vehicle but it's not exactly top-of-the-line, straight off the showroom floor. It's a 20 year old van with not so minor issues. H puts 140 miles/week on it just taking me to work (I ride the bus home) and there were serious concerns about it being able to make at least a 100 mile round trip on a regular basis. J knew this and took advantage of it. And after a while it became obvious (to me at least) that he wouldn't bring the kids unless he got something out of it. He usually asked (demanded?) gas money in return. No real problem. What's a tank of gas to being able to spend time with the grandkids? The main problem, again, was his attitude and the implication that he shouldn't even be asked to absorb some of the cost of transportation. By asking gas money, he put me and H on the spot. I doubt his bringing the kids was done out of the kindness of his heart or because he acknowledged that the kids would like to or need to see their mother.

HIOI, I do believe that's the problem with the school issue. They're separated but neither has court ordered custody. Neither is recognized (legally) as primary caregiver and the school evidently requires such documentation.

Holly, yes the kids are being used as pawns but not, I think, by DD. While I don't think J would mistreat them he *would* use them to get what he wants. He's used them before when trying to play the guilt card. I can definately see him using them to get back at DD. After all, he has an A, she moved on and he's pissed about that. We've both seen this scenario here on SI. WS chooses the AP but fully expects the BS to wait for them in case they change their minds. When the BS doesn't, they get vengeful and will use anything or anyone, including kids, to "get even". This is what I'm convinced J is doing at least in part.

On DD's part, she wants the kids because they're her kids, not because she wants to "win". She loves those kids. I know she stepped up to the plate when H called her on it. While she was here and had the kids *she* was the parent. She made sure they were fed, she was the one who bathed them, dressed them and put them to bed. Yes, I helped, usually right after bath time and the ocassional diaper change but most grandmothers will. If they did something they knew they shouldn't, she was the one who called them on it. And she made sure they knew that it was Papaw's and Mamaw's house so it was our rules. J's attitude was "Your house, not my problem."

Sorry this turned into a novel of sorts but I wanted to give a more complete picture and clarify a few points.


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Default  Posted: 12:53 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

In the eyes of the court, none of what you have said matters. He can be a colossal jerk (and likely is) but she left without her children. In the court's opinion, since she left willingly (circumstances don't matter, unfortunately), she has "approved" of his parenting by leaving her children in his care. I take it he has been the one to take them to the doctor, sign them up for soccer and see to their general well-being.

Frankly, it sounds like both of them are selfish and entitled. And in all honesty, why should he shoulder the expense of carting the kids to your place for visitation when it was your daughter that chose to move so far away?

I think your daughter is due for a little tough love and a large dose of consequences. If she were smart, she would move close to the kids and start being involved in their lives and activities. Unless she does, it is my opinion that he will get custody, largely due to her choices.

Cat


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Default  Posted: 3:26 PM, November 9th (Saturday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

he's unable to enroll GS because of the lack of even temp orders

I do not believe that for a single minute. Because they are not D, then they are BOTH considered to be legal guardians. And even if they were D, the school really does not care who has primary custody, just that a legal guardian lives in the school zone. And in a D, both parents usually retain joint legal custody, which is why you often see kids go to school in a zone where they do not primarily live. What the school needs is a birth certificate and proof of residency. So if any of the kids are of school age (preK is not considered school age; K is in some states but not others) then you need to call the authorities and report it.

As far as the courts go, they will look at the status quo and the status quo is that the kids have been in the custody of their father for 2 years. Your DD would have to prove abuse or woeful neglect to have a chance. A child not being in school may be considered woeful neglect.

The courts don't care which person in a household actually cares for the kids, they care about where the kids live. If the courts cared about who feeds them and gives them baths, then custody would be routinely awarded to nannies and babysitters, but that does not happen. The courts also won;t care about his job history. Whatever it was, he has managed to take care of the kids for 2 years so it simply will not matter.

Honestly, I think your DD has a snowballs chance in hell of getting awarded custody in the current circumstances.


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Clarrissa
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Default  Posted: 4:52 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

So you're saying the fact that they're constantly moving will have little to no impact on the court's decision? How can such instability be good for a child? Maybe it's just me but I can't imagine not knowing how long I'd be living in one place/going to the same school. My GS is 9 (and is ADHD) and has gone to a different school every year since 1st grade. Also, there's no guarantee J will continue with his meds. I don't even know if GS is taking his meds now although I do know that J stopped them once because he "decided" GS didn't need them anymore. No input from a pediatrician on this decision either. Granted, I don't know that much about ADHD meds but I would think that just stopping them (no tapering off) wouldn't be the the best thing to do, especially since the optimal dosage had just been found. IDK, maybe GS *doesn't* need them anymore but for a parent to just decide that with seemingly no thought as to the possible results sounds, perhaps not abusive, but somewhat reckless.

Perhaps I'm hoping against hope on this. All I know for sure is if J gets custody, I've lost my grandkids. In all this time he's not offered *even once* to bring them here to visit. I doubt he would even if they asked. Strike that. I *know* he wouldn't. He's a self-entitled dick who'll do what he wants regardless of who it affects.


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Holly-Isis
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Default  Posted: 6:42 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I know this is your daughter but if J is that bad, what on earth could compel her to abandon her kids to him? You may not call it that. She may not call it that.

The courts will call it that and I would bet the kids feel like they've been abandoned. I know we did when mom left to be with her BF. They may never voice it, but the belief that mom didn't love them enough to stay will be heavy on their hearts.


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Clarrissa
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Default  Posted: 7:59 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm not saying he's terrible person. He does love his kids in his own way. I'm just saying that IMO he's not emotionally mature enough to really handle being a parent. He doesn't always put them first when he should, as with GSs meds. The deciding factor for that I believe was cost. If (when) he finds himself in a tough spot, he'll take the easy way out, such as when he loses a job. Instead of trying to find another (regardless of pay rate) he'll drag himself and the kids to a friend or family member's. And, while there, will make little to no effort to find employment. If he *does* find a job, it usually doesn't last long. That, coupled with his attitude, will usually ensure they will have to move again.

In the current situation, I believe there is also the revenge factor on his part. If he thinks someone wronged him, then he'll cut them out of his life and, by extension, the kids' lives. His mom wronged him, we wronged him, my sister and DD wronged him by not putting up with his bull. At least in his mind. He's been told he needs to step up to the plate and be responsible for his kids and he's usually responded with a "F*ck you" attitude. That's what I meant when I said he's probably handed responsibility for the kids over to his aunt. That way he can do what he wants and know the kids are being cared for. It's about what he wants, not what the kids need. Sound familiar? I think, with this attitude, he'll take getting custody as he gets to decide visitation. He'll refuse if it's not convenient for him or if he just doesn't feel like letting her see them. Despite what the court says.

Maybe it's just me but all the constant moving around would be unsettling. Not knowing with any certainty where they'll be month to month.

As for feelings of abandonment, IDK. I was essentially abandoned by my mother. After a few years, I didn't particularly want a relationship with her. I never really wondered why she didn't come see me when she could and I think I grieved her passing, not because she was my mother but because what could have been wasn't. But as for the kids, they may feel that way but they may also understand on some level that DD didn't *want* to leave them, but felt she had little choice at the time.


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Default  Posted: 8:46 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I know in Texas, we will enroll ANY child in any district where the parent/guardian/presenting person resides. It's done in part because it has helped recover kidnapped/lost/homeless children. Once a school enrolls a child they are "in the system" and can be tracked throughout the state. I've seen it work in my district where the noncustodial parent didn't return the child after visitation and enrolled them in my district. Once we requested records, it alerted the custodial parens where their child was.

Not sure how that would work in other states, but it seems that if they are still legally married, without temporary orders, either parent would have the legal right to enroll the child. Just as they would if they weren't headed for divorce. Color me confused...


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Default  Posted: 9:13 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm confused about the whole school issue as well LadyQ. I don't know if J *can't* enroll GS or *won't* enroll him. Just as I don't know if GS is taking his ADHD meds. As I said earlier, J stopped the meds because *he* felt they weren't needed any longer. It's my understanding that you just don't stop medications of that sort so J's decision on that issue wasn't in GS's best interest.

Bottom line is I know the court will decide what *it* thinks is in the kids' best interest. If that means they stay with J, then that's what it is. I don't have to like it, DD doesn't have to like it. But, if that's the result then I can see J trying to use it to deny DD visitation, even though legally he can't.


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Default  Posted: 9:20 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Regarding the ADHD meds, it really depends on the type he's on. My DD takes Vyvanse and she can take it or not (like weekends and school holidays), and there are no "withdrawal" type effects. Hopefully, your gs's medicine is the same type so at least he isn't having to deal with that mess, too.


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Default  Posted: 10:14 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

First -- That 9 yo child, unless he is being homeschooled, needs to be in school. I don't know who is giving you your information about *why* he isn't in school....but does that *reason* that you were given really make sense to you? It makes NO sense to me. None. There are children attending our schools who are not lawful citizens -- so does it REALLY make sense to you that a child that IS a citizen is going to be turned away over some bullcrap reason? If I'm understanding correctly -- your DD and SIL aren't even divorced yet -- so the whole temp order reason sounds like bullshit.

Call whatever authority is supposed to be called and make a report that there is a child who is not going to school.


Second -- I think the chances of your DD getting anything more than minimal custody are very slim. NONE of what you wrote about the situation is going to matter. He can't keep a job and moves around a lot. So what? He lets *others* be responsible for caring for the kids. So what? It doesn't sound as if his irresponsibility is a *new* development. #1 -- If he is such an irresponsible guy, then why did your DD have not one, not two, but three kids with him??

And #2 is a biggie -- your DD LEFT HER CHILDREN. She didn't just move around the block or across town. She.Left.The.State. And she didn't just move across the state line. She.Moved three(!) states away. AND left her children with this guy who is supposedly completely irresponsible.

If you want to remain a part of your grandchildren's lives, then tell your DD to move her ass back into the town where her children live and start being a damn mom to them.

I am *cringing* every time I read that your SIL is being vengeful because your DD has *moved on*. I can understand that when she found out about your SIL's affair she may have made some unwise decisions in the moment -- but it has been 2 years! And she has *recovered* enough to *find* love again. Too bad she didn't *find* her kids first.......


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Default  Posted: 10:45 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

gonna, yes I can tell DD to move back to Ohio but as she's an adult that's ultimately her decision. Her choices are hers. She chose to leave the kids with her H, she chose to move on and move away.

As for us being a part of the grandkids' lives, our hands ate tied. If SIL gets custody (as seems to be the consensus) then we have no way of contacting him to try to make arrangements for visits. Yes, we could ask DD for the information she has but there is zero guarantee that it would be current or how long it would remain current. There is also no guarantee that he would keep DD up to date on his residency.

Thanks for your input everyone. I guess I was hoping to find *something* that would tip the scales in DD's favor but I guess it isn't there.


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Default  Posted: 11:27 AM, November 10th (Sunday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I really am so sorry. It must be very hard to find yourself in a situation where you really can't *do* anything.


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Default  Posted: 1:54 AM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

This must be heartbreaking to watch, as grandparents. And to feel so helpless.

Sadly, I agree, the court is not going to care about SIL's personality and character flaws. I don't believe your DD will get anything but visitation, living so far away.

I'm so sorry for you and your husband, though.


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Default  Posted: 3:01 PM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I hate that you are in this situation. It has to be very difficult to be kept away from grandchildren.

I'm just saying that IMO he's not emotionally mature enough to really handle being a parent.

Sounds to me that he has been taking care of them for two years.

And softly, that is far more emotionally mature than to move 3 states away from your children, regardless of the reason. Just my opinion but I could not even imagine a good enough reason for me to move away from my children to a place that meant I could not see them like I do now. Noway nohow. Certainly not to be with a SO.

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Default  Posted: 4:45 PM, November 11th (Monday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

dontknowwhyme, that's the thing, *he* really hasn't taken care of them for the last two years. He always seems to have someone else do it for him. Right now, it's his aunt. Before that it was more than likely the OW. He has little trouble handing the care of the kids over to someone else. Before the separation, it was DD's "job" to take care of them... or my sister's or mine. As long as he, personally, wasn't "bothered" by them he was okay with that.

Well, we should be getting word one way or the other. I'll keep you updated if you want.


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