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Old 07-24-2012, 03:34 PM
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I believe my ex may have just hit a new low today.

I received a call from our seven year old asking me whether 'daddy could have the passports." As far as I am concerned this is no different to me asking the kids to call up their father "asking him to please give us child support."

A couple of days ago he called me and requested the passports. I told him that wouldn't be a problem as long as he provided me with information about where the children were going, for how long or where they might be staying. He disagreed and contrary to our court order claimed he did not need to share that information.

Upset about the call today, I called him and left him a message saying it was below the belt to use our daughter like this but I was happy to provide the passports if he gave me the information regarding where they would be staying. He called back and left a voice mail to the following:

"I did not put her up to it. We were talking about what we were going to be doing over the next few weeks and I told the kids what I would like to do with them if I had the passports and what I can't do with them because I don't have the passports...I don't need to give you any information....

I can't possibly imagine having a conversation with the children about what I could buy for them if only daddy would pay child support. But because Daddy won't pay child support, we can not do a, b or c."

Children should not be drawn in the middle of conflict like this. Its disgraceful.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:37 PM
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Yeah, that's typically the way my ex deals with a lot of things as well - through the kids. I hate the requests through the kids and ALWAYS let them know that dad is welcome to call and speak to me if he needs something. I don't say yes or no, just leave it at that.

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:04 PM
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his explanation sounds reasonable and it really none of your business if he discuses holiday plans with the kids.
Discussing holiday plans, maybe none of her business. But if he is planning on leaving the country with the children, she is entitled to receive a detailed itinerary, which (according to the OP) he has refused to provide.

So, if what the OP says is at least 1/2 true and he hasn't given the itinerary (and in most cases you have to give them at least the benefit of the doubt) than fault lies with him for being a moron and creating the problem and not just giving her the information as he supposed to.
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i never said nothing about leaving the country or passports ect.....its none of her business if he discuses vacation planes with the kids.
He makes it "her business" when he has the child call up the other parent and ask for the passports. What child of that age even knows what a passport is?

What do you think a custody and access evaluator would say about that or a judge? Your wisdom on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-24-2012, 05:40 PM
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his explanation sounds reasonable and it really none of your business if he discuses holiday plans with the kids.
she wrote that he has to provide the information according to a court order. If he needs the passports then he is taking them out of the country.
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i gave the opinion it was none of her business how he deals with their children as it is none of his business how she deals with them.


if the travel plans are required for him to travel and he doesn't provide the details don't provide the passports but quit whining about how he deals with the kids on his time.
so in your opinion its prefectly alright to involve kids in things that the adults should be handling???
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When we were married and now that we are divorced, my ex and I handle things the same way: We don't get the kids hyped up about something until we've confirmed with each other that it will actually happen.

Because if it can't then the other parent looks like the bad guy. We both understand that.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:22 PM
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Travel plans are not just adult maters and I do agree with talking to them about it. I am sure you would if you were still married
but getting the kids to ask for the passports because he doesnt want to provide the information he is required to is involving the kids in an adult matter. Talking to the kids is one thing, he isnt just talking though.
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Nadia I can totally understand how upset you are. Your ex should have called you and requested the passports. There are many people who read this forum who are experts in using their children in manipulating things. I agree with you that it's pretty disgusting. At least you have the "ovums" to call your ex on his mistake and hopefully it won't happen again. If you email each other I'd send a pleasant but brief email to the effect that further to your telephone conversation of today, you want to verify that he understands that any travel plans for the children have to be discussed only with you etc. or whatever you want to say. I'd start trying to document things that way.

Yes he's an ahole and you are totally entitled to your feelings.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:30 PM
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Slughead, I think you are missing the point.

The child has been informed by Dad (according to his voice message) that if he had the passports he would take them to ...... but they can't go because he does not have the passports.

What the child does not know is that Dad is refusing to provide mommy with some indication of where he is taking the children, (name of country), an address of where they might be staying, flight itinery and a contact number before Mommy can hand over the passports. This is a clause that was included in the court order by dad, he just doesn't think it applies to him.

Seen from the perspective of a child:

1. Dad told us he wanted to take us to A, B and C
2. But he said he can't because mommy won't give him the passports
3. So we can't go
4. It is all mom's fault.

So, it is a problem. Involving the children directly in the conflict is not a mature way to act.

The child in question is 7 years old. She has no idea what has transpired between mom and dad and what the court order stipulates.

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