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    tigerlilly35 is offline Junior Member
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    What are my rights as custodial parent against noncustodial parent?

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Florida (yes)
    I have been raising my son, who is 14 now. I am the custodial parent and lately my son is talking a lot to his father (non custodial parent) and his father has promised to take him on a road trip this summer. Here is my problem. His father has not paid child support in years, only calls on occasion, and makes empty promises. He also does drugs and has sold drugs in the past. My son thinks the world of his father and it kills me. For my sons sake, I don't mind if he spends some time with his father, but I don't want them traveling out of Florida (if his father even visits him in the summer) and I am wondering what my rights are to limit visitation? His father told my son that they will take a road trip to Las Vegas!!! Help please!
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    Dad can do whatever he wants with junior during his court ordered visitation.

    Before you bring up the out of state issue, have YOU ever taken the boy out of state on vacation?
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    tigerlilly35 is offline Junior Member
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    Yes I have taken him out of state a few times. He even had a chance to go to Puerto Rico. But as for his father, is it right for him to be able to take him to Las Vegas? especially when he is $16,000 in debt with child support? and does drugs? I have no way to avoid this visitation? He has not even seen his son is 5 years
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerlilly35 View Post
    Yes I have taken him out of state a few times. He even had a chance to go to Puerto Rico. But as for his father, is it right for him to be able to take him to Las Vegas? especially when he is $16,000 in debt with child support? and does drugs? I have no way to avoid this visitation? He has not even seen his son is 5 years
    If there is court ordered visitation then dad gets to exercise it. Child support is NOT an admission fee. Prove that he does drugs. Prove that said drugs are a danger to junior -- hint, marijuana in many places is not necessarily a danger -- and why didn't you do anything in the last five years to modify visitation because dad was not around?
    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

    Attorney-GAL in Ohio.

    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogal View Post
    Child support is NOT an admission fee.
    I think the OP was not thinking along the lines of an admission fee. More like "Rent"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zigner View Post
    I think the OP was not thinking along the lines of an admission fee. More like "Rent"
    Blah. Children are not property to be rented, leased, bought or sold.
    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

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    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogal View Post
    Blah. Children are not property to be rented, leased, bought or sold.
    True, but I sure enjoyed loaning mine out on several occasions. I've been told that they were an EXCELLENT form of birth control!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogal View Post
    If there is court ordered visitation then dad gets to exercise it. Child support is NOT an admission fee. Prove that he does drugs. Prove that said drugs are a danger to junior -- hint, marijuana in many places is not necessarily a danger -- and why didn't you do anything in the last five years to modify visitation because dad was not around?
    I agree with this, but you could still try to take it to court to get visitation modified based on the fact that dad has not seen the child in 5 years. You might be able to stop him taking the child out of state THIS year, but not forever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerlilly35 View Post
    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Florida (yes)
    I have been raising my son, who is 14 now. I am the custodial parent and lately my son is talking a lot to his father (non custodial parent) and his father has promised to take him on a road trip this summer. Here is my problem. His father has not paid child support in years, only calls on occasion, and makes empty promises. He also does drugs and has sold drugs in the past. My son thinks the world of his father and it kills me. For my sons sake, I don't mind if he spends some time with his father, but I don't want them traveling out of Florida (if his father even visits him in the summer) and I am wondering what my rights are to limit visitation? His father told my son that they will take a road trip to Las Vegas!!! Help please!
    What does your court order state regarding visitation or parenting time?

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