Can a father, with only visitation, decide to move overseas and change visitation schedule?
2 attorney answers
There is no rule that it is a father's responsibility to visit his child in his home state, unless your Domestic Relations Judge has specifically issued that order in your case.
A child should be able to have a continuing relationship with BOTH parents, even if one parent lives abroad, regardless of where he or she is in the military. How that relationship is fostered is different in every case. The best interest of this child is what is important. Your short synopsis of the facts does not give an attorney enough information. What is the child's age? Maturity? Physical health? Mental health? Relationship with the father? Relationship with the paternal grandfather? Who is paying for these trips? Where will the child be staying when abroad?
Please contact an attorney in order to discuss these issues in greater detail.
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I don't know where you got your "understanding", but it's completely wrong. This sounds like an elegant solution to maintain a relationship long distance. Courts will try to come up with something like this for pre-school children and typically would change it to the father having all of the school breaks once the child is in school. A father in the military would also receive additional consideration and accommodation.
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