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by Maria Costa
Title: Traveling for Visitation
I am writing in regards to my sisters situation, she does not have the access
to the internet and has asked me to write on her behalf. My sister is a single
mother and was never married to the father of her son. She currently lives in
low income housing and can not afford mush traveling. The father has been
refusing to have visitation with his son unless my sister meets him "half way"
between his home and hers, the total trip is approx. 2 hours. She lives in
Bunker Hill, WV and he lives in Spotsylvania, VA. He is in and out of work and
doesn't pay her enough child support (if any) for her to be able to afford to
do all of this extra traveling. She wants her son to see his father, but since
he started school this year she has had a lot of extra expenses. We need to
know if she is legally bound to meet the father half way since he has specific
visitation rights of every other weekend (which we are lucky if he sees his
son once a month) , my sister does not want to get in trouble if she has to
tell the father that she can't meet him halfway anymore. Please let me know if
there are any laws binding my sister to meeting this poor excuse for a father.
Unless it is specified in your sisters' divorce agreement that she has to
travel half way for him to see his son -- I'd tell her to stop traveling.
This is just a ploy to make it easier for him to see his son.
By the way how old is the little one? Why does she feel so strong about
her son visiting his father? It really won't work unless dad wants to
see him enough to do his own traveling.
Again, unless it is in the divorce agreement - your sister doesn't have
to drive to meet him half way!
Maria Costa (Author & Seminar Speaker) A well known certified speaker
and seminar leader, continues to inspire, motivate and challenge people to push their envelopes farther, both before and after experiencing divorce. A graduate of National-Louis University,
with a Masters in Management, Ms. Costa is very active in her community. She
is President of the Board of Directors of the Women's Resource Center, Fredericksburg, VA, President of Hispanic Internal Revenue Employees (HIRE), IRS, Washington Chapter and board member of Professional Women's Network. Be sure to visit Maria Costa's web site
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