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Custody Issues, W plans to move
      #783793 - 04/26/12 02:22 PM

I need help/advice with what to seek in a custody agreement in my coming divorce.
My wife is seeking a D after 11.5 years married and 3 children (D10, S9, S7).
We have been in CO for 3 years, and she has not put down roots here and plans on moving (with children) back home to TX at the end of the school year.
I have a lot of reasons to want to stay here, but acknowledge that family support in TX might be best for the kids.
W has been homemaker, and while I don't hold the opinion that this means everything should be mine, I also don't want to end up w/o my kids because I have more "earning capacity."
She presented me with separation terms, but I need help with them. She is obviously not trying to ring me out or close me out, but I am very worried that I will be closed out of my children's everyday lives.
Here are the basic terms she is suggesting:
Legal Custody. The parties agree to maintain joint legal custody of their minor children.
Physical Custody: W will have more days with the children, but I will always have the first option for having the children on all holidays and any weekends or non-school days that I wish.
Parenting Time/Visitation: Every other weekend starting Friday at 5pm and ending on Sunday at 7pm
I will be responsible for all transportation
$1500/mo child-support
$900/mo spousal support

I guess what I am hoping to ask for (and need help in constructing) is 50/50 physical custody once I am able to relocate to TX.
Thank you in advance for any help, advice, or consolation.

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Re: Custody Issues, W plans to move [Re: danielf]
      #785110 - 05/23/12 04:37 PM

What are your long term goals for your children? Will seeking 50/50 custody help meet those goals? Will your children be able to handle two household living? Have you done any reading as to the outcome of children who live across households. Have you experimented yourself to see how this feels as an adult? Have you a plan for how you and their mother will handle communication in order to best parent them regarding school work, social events, friends etc.?

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