When Transporting the Children from One Parent to the Other Represents a Significant Expense
Moving to another state after a divorce can give you a fresh start in life. If you and your ex-spouse have minor children together, though, living in different states makes co-parenting much more complicated. If the parents live in the same city, it is easy for Dad to pick up the kids from school on Friday afternoon and drive them to Mom’s house on Sunday evening; both parents can have a predictable routine and plan activities for when the children are with them, knowing that they can relax or put in long hours at work when the children are with the other parent. Such a convenient arrangement is not possible when transporting the other child requires interstate travel. If your ex has moved out of state, you need a Tennessee child custody lawyer to help you establish a parenting plan that eases the burden of long-distance travel as much as possible.
Transporting Children Long Distances for Visits Is a Pain
It is possible for school-aged children to fly without their parents; one parent takes them to the gate at one airport, and friendly flight attendants feed them cookies before escorting them out of the plane in the destination city, where the other parent is waiting at the gate. Even so, air travel is expensive, and only the wealthiest parents can afford more than a few flights per year. If the children are too young to fly unaccompanied, or if airplane trips are outside the parents’ budget, then interstate road trips are the only choice. Of course, taking a day or more off of work to transport your children to your ex-spouse, changing diapers at rest areas, is not a walk in the park. Therefore, the parenting plans for many couples co-parenting across state lines includes a centrally located drop-off point where one parent’s parenting time ends and the other’s begins.
Carmen v. Murray: A Case of Interstate Co-Parenting
Broderick Carmen and Jessica Murray divorced in Tennessee in 2014, and Jessica moved to Tennessee with the children even before the divorce became final. They had originally wanted Broderick to have visits almost every week, but because of the distance, they decided that the children would spend most of summer vacation with him, plus winter or spring break. In their temporary parenting plan, they agreed that they would meet in St. Louis Missouri, which was closer to Broderick’s residence than to Jessica’s. A judge later changed the drop-off location to Lincoln, Nebraska, which was more centrally located; the court order specified the mall where the family was to meet up for the exchange, which was to take place between 8:00 and 9:00 in the evening.
Contact an Attorney Today for Help
Road trips with young children are a challenge, but a child custody lawyer will help you and your ex-spouse agree on a way to share the responsibility of transporting your children. Contact Knoxville child custody lawyer Patrick L. Looper for a consultation.