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What happens if a parent is not able to drop the child off for parenting time?

Pontiac, MI |

I live out of state and in order for me to move to live with my husband the mediator suggested I just let my child’s father have whatever he wants so I can move. So now I have to do all the driving and I will not be able to afford to rent a car for the month of Nov to drop her off but he can come pick her up anytime if he doesn’t mind the drive. Can he take me to court for this? If so what is the possibility of filing a continuance until I obtain a lawyer in feb for this unfair arrangement?

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First of all, I'm concerned that your mediator "suggested" anything, as it is their job to remain objective and not offer their own solution. Mediation does not result in any enforceable agreement unless you signed a consent judgment.

If you and the child's father have a parenting time agreement from the Court and you fail to bring the child (per the rules of the judgment) for parenting time, then the father can file a show/cause petition which would require you to go to Court and explain why you did not provide the child for parenting time. The father can also file stating you are in contempt of the current order.

My suggestion to you would be to find any way to bring the child for parenting time so you do not get in legal trouble. Additionally, the Court will agree that it is in the best interest of the child to have access and a relationship to BOTH parents. If you chose to move out of state and you put the distance between the child and their father, it is your responsibility to continue to uphold the agreement you made.

If he files a motion with the Court, you will have until the Court date to obtain an attorney.

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Count yourself lucky that the court allowed you to take th child and move. Its a small price to pay to be required to bring the child back for parenting time..

I have a client that was allowed to move to Italy.. but was required to provide 2 plane tickets for the child annually.. now that is expensive..

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