My co parent is moving one state over - 6 hour drive. The child is 5. He wants him every other weekend. I think 12 hours (driving round trip) or 8 hours flying , sitting in airports (round trip) TWO times a month is way too much travel time for a child that young. Is it likely he will get every other weekend? I personally think once a month is too much travel but what am I looking at?
There is no single "right answer" to this question. Ultimately, a long-distance parenting plan has to take the child's needs into consideration. The schedule may end up being some combination of the child traveling to visit the parent and the parent traveling to visit the child. I recommend that you consult with an experienced family law attorney who can talk through the options with you so you can decide your best course of action. Many law firms, including ours, offer a free initial consultation.
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My colleague’s answer is correct. While there is no universal long distance plan, your concern regarding time prohibitive travel is legitimate. Generally, the long distance parent should get extended parenting time during school breaks and, if possible, any time he visits Phoenix (with advanced notice).
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