What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Oregon
In case I mess up any of the references in here, I am the step father to the child. My wife has sole custody and there is a parenting agreement; however, it does not address long distance visitation.
I have a situation where the non-custodial father moved from Oregon to California, and now Nevada. Although the parenting agreement does not have any stipulation for long distance visitation, he is demanding the use of the "now current, 2004 revision" standard parenting agreement for the county it was filed which does have long distance verbage in it. The 2004 version is not referenced in the custody paperwork, only the earlier revision that was current at the time.
The non-custodial father is demanding the mother pay for additional travel expenses (50% of total travel costs which involve driving and/or flying) even though he moved far away and he says he has legal advice that shows that's what he would be granted if this went to court. Sound true?
Additionally he wants visitation according to the 2004 standard visitation plan published by the county. He says because the one attached to the custody order does not address long distance visitation and therefore is invalidated, and state law requires we follow the now current standard one. I can't find any precedent for this, sounds fishy.
In the 2004 standard parenting plan published by the county it has crazy visitation times, such as:
Every other Thanksgiving (2 days of travel for 3 days of visitation??)
1 week during school in spring and fall
I have reason to believe he's pushing this to cause the heaviest inconvenience on the mother based on her having to pay 50% of all travel expenses in order to strong-arm himself into a better position.
Is it normal for the custodial parent to have to pay additional travel expenses if the non-custodial moves far away? In this case out of state. Or should the non-custodial then be paying a larger portion?
My ideal visitation arrangements would be 6-7 weeks in summer, every other xmas, and every other spring break. Is there precedent in Oregon law stated somewhere that would show me I am being unreasonable, or perhaps too reasonable?
Anybody's help/advice is greatly appreciated!!What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)?