I have shared custody with my son’s grandparents. We live in a pretty poverty stricken part of the state and I have never had a job that paid more then minimum wage. I just started school and am planning to move 200 miles away for better career oppurtunities (which there are none where I live) to improve my future, which will ultimately be better for my son also. It is definitely not a blind move. They want nothing to do with this and do not want equal driving time. They would rather I made all the trips there and back for drop off and pick ups. We will end up having another trial and I am just wondering if I am going to end up with all the driving time and expenses?
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The first answer to your question is the terms of the court order that established grandparent visitation. What does it say about transportation? If it is silent, my opinion is that you can state the terms. Meeting half way is not a bad option that you have offered and, in my opinion, should be acceptable to the grandparents. You should stick with that offer. For the first visitation, pick a place that is half way and tell them you will be there at a specific time and place. You need to be sure that there are under an obligation to return the children at the end of a visitation period. If there is no specific rule about that, it needs to be. That can be filed with the court. You are gong to need an attorney to do that for you.
If finances are an issue, you can contact Colorado Legal Services at 303-837-1313, Metro Volunteer Lawyers at 303-830-8210 or 303-860-1115, Legal Aid Foundation at 303-863-9544, and/or the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Clinical Programs at 303-871-6000.
I have practiced law for over 40 years and currently reside in Colorado. I am licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado. For the most part, I practice in the area of estate planning, which includes drafting wills and powers of attorney, guardianships, probate, real estate, and related issues. My response to your question does not create an attorney-client relationship with me or any attorney. My response is based on the information provided.
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