The move will only last for about 6 months and then will be returning to the same coast, except live ~8 hours from where I live. An option is to fly the child to the other coast, but the only direct flights leave from 3 hours away (one-way) and I am expected to make the drive to/from the airport and pay for 50% of the flights and unaccompanied minor fees, even though I have not moved. I don't see this working out when an early flight is scheduled and forcing us to leave in the early morning hours or arguing about who is paying for a hotel the night prior to a flight. I'm also uncomfortable with our 8 year old flying without one of us present. What is fair time-sharing to expect with a move this far and the move back? I'm open to extending the holidays to accommodate for those days lost due to the move. Our current plan includes 3-day weekends once a month, in addition to spring break/summer/every other holiday, but we were about 5 hours away (one parent driving ~3.5 hours one-way and the other 1.5 one-way bc they refused to 50/50). There's also a significant income difference and EVERYTHING is a fight (including not paying 50/50 for the child's glasses).
There is no standard plan. You should schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss the case and will likely need to retain an attorney to protect your interests. If there is a substantial disparity in income you ex may have obligations to pay some of your attorney's fees.
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