Frequently Asked Questions

Question
My ex-wife is the non-custodial parent and has moved several hours away. Am I "in contempt" by not allowing the kids to call her long-distance? Shouldn't she be responsible for the calls?

Answer
You may or may not be in contempt, but regardless, you should support their relationship, even if includes some long-distance expenditures on your part. Generally, if something isn't in the parenting plan, it doesn't apply. Also, by moving, some additional responsibility for communication is definitely borne by her. As the custodial parent, however, you have an obligation to promote contact between the children and the non-custodial parent. If you were still married, would you call so the children could speak to her? Probably so, and although she may no longer be your wife, she is still a parent to the children.



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